Rethinking alignment typology

Jan-Wouter Zwart, Charlotte Lindenbergh

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    Considering the standard typological distinction between ergative and accusative alignment, this article argues that the variety of phenomena suggests the need for a more fine-grained classification of alignment types. We start from the observation that grammatical processes may or may not apply to all the grammatical functions, leading to a basic division in complete and incomplete types. It follows that 'ergative' is just one of 18 alignment types, while some incomplete alignment types that look ergative are in fact different, and closer to the family of accusative types.
    Originele taal-2English
    TitelSyntactic architecture and its consequences
    SubtitelInside syntax
    RedacteurenAndrás Bárány, Theresa Biberauer, Jamie Douglas, Sten Vikner
    Plaats van productieBerlin
    UitgeverijLanguage Science Press
    Hoofdstuk2
    Pagina's23-50
    Aantal pagina's28
    ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-96110-308-9
    DOI's
    StatusPublished - 2-aug-2021

    Publicatie series

    NaamOpen Generative Syntax
    UitgeverijLanguage Science Press
    Volume11
    ISSN van elektronische versie2568-7336

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