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On Ergativity and Accusativity in Proto-Polynesian and Proto-Central Pacific

On Ergativity and Accusativity in Proto-Polynesian and Proto-Central Pacific This paper continues the debate begun over three decades ago about the nature of the case-marking system of Proto-Polynesian, whether it possessed an ergative or an accusative system. After consideration of extra-Polynesian comparative evidence, putative counterexamples in some Polynesian pronominal systems, and the history of the current accusative marking, it finds in favor of the accusative system view. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

On Ergativity and Accusativity in Proto-Polynesian and Proto-Central Pacific

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 46 (1) – Jul 30, 2007

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Abstract

This paper continues the debate begun over three decades ago about the nature of the case-marking system of Proto-Polynesian, whether it possessed an ergative or an accusative system. After consideration of extra-Polynesian comparative evidence, putative counterexamples in some Polynesian pronominal systems, and the history of the current accusative marking, it finds in favor of the accusative system view.

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 30, 2007

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