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Title: Pronomes, ordem e ergatividade em Mebengokre (Kayapo)
Authors: Reis Silva, Maria Amelia
Keywords: American Indigenous Languages
Southern American Languages
Ge-Pano-Carib Languages
Kayapo - Grammar
Mebengokre - Grammar
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Abstract: This dissertation examines the phenomenon of split ergativity in Mebengokre, language of the northern branch of Je family spoken by the Xikrin and Kayapo nations in the states of Mato Grosso and Para in Brazil. Mebengokre is a canonical SOV language that shows consequences in the syntax, specifically in the case marking, when this order is not preserved. I explore the hypothesis that there is a strong link between the position of the verb, its verbal properties and the case-marking system in this language. According to this hypothesis the split ergativity depends of the nature of the category filling the head position in the predicate. Thus I consider that in the accusative construction the predicate head is filled by the thematic verb while that position in the ergative construction is filled by a functional head.
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