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Functional HeadsThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7$
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Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001

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Samoan Ergativity as Double Passivization *

Samoan Ergativity as Double Passivization *

(p.168) Samoan Ergativity as Double Passivization*
Functional Heads

Hilda Koopman

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the problem of ergative case marking and transitivity in Samoan, a Polynesian language. It argues that the problem reduces to an independent property concerning the syntactic size of simple predicates and the necessity of the merger of two passive voice heads in transitive structures with absolutive objects.

Keywords:   ergative case marking, transitivity, Samoan, predicates, passive voice heads, absolutive subjects

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