Samoan Ergativity as Double Passivization*

Hilda Koopman

in Functional Heads

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746736
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949519 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Samoan Ergativity as Double Passivization*

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This chapter addresses the problem of ergative case marking and transitivity in Samoan, a Polynesian language. It argues that the problem reduces to an independent property concerning the syntactic size of simple predicates and the necessity of the merger of two passive voice heads in transitive structures with absolutive objects.

Keywords: ergative case marking; transitivity; Samoan; predicates; passive voice heads; absolutive subjects

Chapter.  5655 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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