Realigning alignment: The completeness typology applied to case marking in Jê languages
Bernat Bardagil-Mas, Charlotte Lindenbergh
July 2018

We analyse case marking in the Jê language family (Brazilian Amazonia) with the new completeness alignment typology proposed by Lindenbergh & Zwart (2017). In contrast with classical alignment typology, the complete- ness typology first determines whether all grammatical functions partici- pate in a grammatical process (e.g. case marking) and only then determines how these grammatical functions are aligned, adding nine incomplete align- ment types to the five types of classical alignment typology. Nine of the ten Jê languages are classified as split-ergative, while Panará is seen as fully ergative, making it a typologically odd language within the family. We show that applying the completeness typology to Jê languages more accurately de- scribes the true variation in case-marking patterns across the Jê language family.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004206
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Published in: Linguistics in the Netherlands 2018
keywords: case marking, alignment, typology, syntax, jê languages, morphology, syntax
previous versions: v1 [June 2018]
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