Woolford (2015) distinguishes two types of ergativity—active and object shift—whereas ergativity is not governed by transitivity in any of the languages she examines. However, several languages remain unclassified in Woolford’s typology, among them two Nakh-Daghestanian languages, Archi and Tsez. Woolford inquires whether they belong to the active or object shift type or whether ergativity in these languages depends on transitivity. This article presents data from another Nakh-Daghestanian language, Tabasaran, and shows that this language is best analyzed as an example of traditional transitivity-based ergativity.
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October 03 2022
Ergativity in Tabasaran: A Reply to Woolford 2015
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Linguistic Inquiry (2022) 53 (4): 707–734.
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Natalia Bogomolova; Ergativity in Tabasaran: A Reply to Woolford 2015. Linguistic Inquiry 2022; 53 (4): 707–734. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00420
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