Comments on Austronesian nominalism: A Mayan perspective
Author(s)Coon Burgess, Jessica Louise
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In the conclusion of his article on Austronesian voice and extraction, Kaufman suggests the possibility of extending his analysis of extraction facts in Tagalog to other ‘‘syntactically ergative’’ languages (i.e. languages in which ergative arguments are unable to undergo extraction), such as those in the Mayan family. In this commentary I do not attempt to evaluate Kaufman’s claims for Tagalog, but instead explore some of the interesting parallels – as well as important di¤erences–between languages of the Mayan family, and Austronesian languages as analyzed by Kaufman. I discuss ergative-genitive syncretism, nominalization, parallels between the clause and the DP, and extraction facts more generally.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
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Coon, Jessica. “Comments on Austronesian Nominalism: A Mayan Perspective.” Theoretical Linguistics 35, no. 1 (January 2009). 6 Walter de Gruyter
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