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Article: On ergativity in Bumthang

TitleOn ergativity in Bumthang
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherLinguistic Society of America. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.lsadc.org
Citation
Language (Washington), 2016, v. 92 n. 1, p. 179-188 How to Cite?
AbstractThis report investigates the uses of the ergative case marker in transitive clauses in Bumthang, a language of Central Bhutan. We discuss the conditions under which the ergative is required and show that a simple analysis involving multiple influences models the data. Previous studies have shown that variable case marking may be determined by syntactic, semantic, or pragmatic factors, but in Bumthang we see that all of these factors play a role in determining the use of the ergative case marker. We hope that our analysis will prove useful for understanding the variable uses of the ergative case marker in Himalayan and other languages as well as providing interesting challenges for formal models of case marking.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/224966
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.75
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.678

 

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dc.contributor.authorDonohue, CJ-
dc.contributor.authorDonohue, MH-
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-18T03:34:49Z-
dc.date.available2016-04-18T03:34:49Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationLanguage (Washington), 2016, v. 92 n. 1, p. 179-188-
dc.identifier.issn0097-8507-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/224966-
dc.description.abstractThis report investigates the uses of the ergative case marker in transitive clauses in Bumthang, a language of Central Bhutan. We discuss the conditions under which the ergative is required and show that a simple analysis involving multiple influences models the data. Previous studies have shown that variable case marking may be determined by syntactic, semantic, or pragmatic factors, but in Bumthang we see that all of these factors play a role in determining the use of the ergative case marker. We hope that our analysis will prove useful for understanding the variable uses of the ergative case marker in Himalayan and other languages as well as providing interesting challenges for formal models of case marking.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherLinguistic Society of America. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.lsadc.org-
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage (Washington)-
dc.titleOn ergativity in Bumthang-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailDonohue, CJ: donohue@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityDonohue, CJ=rp01762-
dc.identifier.doi10.1353/lan.2016.0004-
dc.identifier.hkuros257647-
dc.identifier.volume92-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage179-
dc.identifier.epage188-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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