Typology of case alignments in NENA dialects

  • Alessandra Barotto Università degli Studi di Bergamo
Keywords: ergativity, split ergativity, Neo-Aramaic, alignment

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to identify and analyze different alignment types attested in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA) dialects. NENA dialects can be divided into three alignment types according to their degree of ergativity: Split-S, Dynamic-Stative and Extended-Ergative dialects. This research will provide an analysis of Extended-ergative system in comparison with instances of marked nominative alignment and a possible explanation for the diachronic changes in the alignment pattern.

Author Biography

Alessandra Barotto, Università degli Studi di Bergamo
Alessandra Barotto Ph.D. student in Linguistics at University of Bergamo and University of Pavia (Italy). She received her master degree from University of Turin. Her dissertation was about split ergative phenomena in NENA dialects. Her research interests include linguistic typology, cognitive linguistics, ergative and split ergative patterns, Semitic languages, East and mainland Southeast Asian languages (especially Japanese and Chinese).

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Published
2014-12-30
Section
CrOCEVIA