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dc.contributor.authorGagliardi, Annie
dc.contributor.authorGoncalves, Michael
dc.contributor.authorPolinsky, Maria
dc.contributor.authorRadkevich, Nina
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-25T20:22:14Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationGagliardi, Annie, Michael Goncalves, Maria Polinsky, and Nina Radkevich. 2014. “The Biabsolutive Construction in Lak and Tsez.” Lingua 150 (October): 137–170. doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2014.07.003.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0024-3841en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:33946917
dc.description.abstractIn ergative constructions, the agent of a transitive verb is in the ergative case and the theme is in the absolutive case. By contrast, in biabsolutive constructions, both the agent and theme of a transitive verb appear in the absolutive case. This paper presents and analyzes the biabsolutive construction in two Nakh-Dagestanian languages, Lak and Tsez. Despite many surface similarities, the biabsolutive constructions in Lak and Tsez call for different syntactic analyses. We argue that the biabsolutive construction in Lak is an instance of restructuring in the presence of an aspectual head bearing a progressive (imperfective) feature. Tsez biabsolutive constructions, on the other hand, are biclausal; we argue that the theme and the lexical verb are contained in a PP complement selected by a light verb. Related languages may be classified as “Lak-type” or “Tsez-type” based on the behavior of their biabsolutives. The existence of two underlying structures for one surface pattern in Nakh-Dagestanian poses a learnability problem for a child acquiring a language with biabsolutive constructions. We outline a set of strategies used by a learner who must compare the available input data with a set of structural hypotheses.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipLinguisticsen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherElsevier BVen_US
dc.relation.isversionofdoi:10.1016/j.lingua.2014.07.003en_US
dash.licenseOAP
dc.subjectergativeen_US
dc.subjectabsolutiveen_US
dc.subjectbiabsolutiveen_US
dc.subjectnoun class agreementen_US
dc.subjectrestructuringen_US
dc.subjectseparate clausal domainsen_US
dc.subjectcontrolen_US
dc.subjectNakh - Dagestanian languagesen_US
dc.subjectLaken_US
dc.subjectTsezen_US
dc.titleThe biabsolutive construction in Lak and Tsezen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.date.updated2014-07-05T14:21:02Z
dc.description.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
dc.relation.journalLinguaen_US
dash.depositing.authorPolinsky, Maria
dc.date.available2017-09-25T20:22:14Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.lingua.2014.07.003*
dash.contributor.affiliatedRadkevich, Nina
dash.contributor.affiliatedPolinsky, Maria


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