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The Typology of Semantic Alignment

Mark Donohue and Søren Wichmann

Abstract

Semantic alignment refers to a type of language that has two means of morphosyntactically encoding the arguments of intransitive predicates, typically treating these as an agent or as a patient of a transitive predicate, or else by a means of a treatment that varies according to lexical aspect. This book presents a collection of new typological examinations and case studies. International typologists explore the differences and commonalities of languages with semantic alignment systems and compare the structure of these languages to languages without them. They look at how such systems arise o ... More

Keywords: intransitive predicates, transitive predicates, Eurasia, America, south-west Pacific, history of linguistics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199238385
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238385.001.0001

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Mark Donohue, editor
Monash University
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Søren Wichmann, editor
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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Contents

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Part I Introductory and General

Part II Eurasia

Part III The Pacific

Part IV The Americas

13 Argument dereferentialization in Lakota

REGINA PUSTET AND DAVID S. ROOD

15 Voice and transitivity in Guaraní

MAURA VELÁZQUEZ‐CASTILLO

16 Agreement in two Arawak languages: Baure and Kurripako

SWINTHA DANIELSEN AND TANIA GRANADILLO