The Weekly Newsletter of MIT Linguistics

Syntax Square 2/28 - Sasha Podobryaev

Speaker: Sasha Podobryaev
Title: Ergative vs. Active-Stative Alignment
Time: Monday, February 28, 11.30-12.30PM
Location: 32-D461

This talk addresses some issues raised by Legate’s (2008) theory of ergative alignment and its “dependent case” alternatives. We will discuss the empirical basis for Legate’s ABS=DEF/ABS=NOM distinction in ergative languages and the applicability of this distinction to active-stative (split-S) systems.