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Title: Syntactic Ergativity in Nehan
Authors: Glennon, John J.
Keywords: Austronesian Languages
Malayo-Polynesian Languages
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics
Abstract: In this thesis, I argue that Nehan is a syntactically ergative language. Kroeger (2004:284) states: “The term SYNTACTIC ERGATIVITY refers to a situation in which the syntactic system of the language, and in particular the properties which provide tests for subjecthood, follow an ergative pattern.” In this thesis, I will describe the basic clause structure of Nehan in order to demonstrate that Nehan is a syntactically ergative language; both the single argument of an intransitive clause and the patient of a transitive clause are the grammatical subject. This syntactically ergative alignment will be illustrated with various syntactic constructions.
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