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-Daghes-tanian 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 an other Nakh-Daghestanian language, Tabasaran, and shows that this language is best analyzed as an example of traditional transitivity-based ergativity.
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August 17 2021
Ergativity in Tabasaran: A Reply to Woolford 2015
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Natalia Bogomolova; Ergativity in Tabasaran: A Reply to Woolford 2015. Linguistic Inquiry 2021; doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00420
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