This volume considers and examines some of the phenomena that have led languages to be considered 'ergative'. Languages considered 'ergative' have only been sparsely studied, and many fundamental questions in their analysis seem at best incompletely answered. This volume fills that void by focusing on some of the basic issues.
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"It has been a great pleasure reading Chris Manning's book. This is first of all because it is much more than just a reorganization of well-known facts in order to create a new description that can pose as a "theory." This book contains intriguing ideasm interesting theories, and new analyses, and they are clearly presented and for the most part well motivated. The author handles very complex and complicated data in a clear and instructive way, never allowing the overall perspective to be lost in minute details. I feel that this book will bring our understanding of different alignment phenomena a great step forward." Linguistic TypologyVom Verlag:
This volume considers and examines some of the phenomena that have led languages to be considered 'ergative'. Languages considered 'ergative' have only been sparsely studied, and many fundamental questions in their analysis seem at best incompletely answered. This volume fills that void by focusing on some of the basic issues: when ergativity should be analysed as syntactic or morphological; whether languages can be divided into two classes of syntactically and morphologically ergative languages, and if so where the division should be drawn; and whether ergative arguments are always core roles or not. Christopher Manning's codification of syntactic approaches to dealing with ergative languages is based on a hypothesis he terms the 'Inverse Grammatical Relations hypothesis'. This hypothesis adopts a framework that decouples prominence at the levels of grammatical relations and argument structure. The result is two notions of subject - grammatical subject and argument structure subject and a uniform analysis of syntactically ergative and Philippine languages. These language groups, the syntactically ergative and Philippine languages, allow an inverse mapping in the prominence of the two highest terms between argument structure and grammatical relations. This volume combines good scholarship with innovative ideas into an important work that will appeal to a wide range of linguists and scholars.
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Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press, 1996. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Gut. 236 Seiten Leichte Druckstellen am Cover, Buch ist etwas verlagert (wellig), kleine Lagerspuren am Buch, Inhalt einwandfrei und ungelesen 421901 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 400. Artikel-Nr. 118605
Buchbeschreibung Stanford, Calif. : CSLI Publications, 1996., 1996. Wrappers (paperback) xiv,222 pp.; 23 cm. - "Dissertations in linguistics" Text in English. - (previous owner's name at top of title page) Otherwise as new. A revision of the author's thesis--Stanford University, 1994. 450g. Artikel-Nr. 21520