Abstract

Woolford (2015) distinguishes two types of ergativity: active ergative languages and object shift ergative languages, whereas no language in her sample was found where ergativity would be governed by transitivity. However, several languages remain unclassified in Woolford’s typology, among them two Nakh-Daghestanian languages, Archi and Tsez. Woolford raises the question as to whether they belong to one of the two types of ergativity or 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.

This content is only available as a PDF.

Article PDF first page preview

Article PDF first page preview