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Discourse-based evidence for an ergative analysis of Cebuano

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dc.contributor.author Walters, Dennis
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-18T23:49:31Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-18T23:49:31Z
dc.date.issued 1994
dc.identifier.citation Walters, Dennis. 1994. Discourse-based evidence for an ergative analysis of Cebuano. UTA Working Papers in Linguistics 1.127-140. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/1191
dc.description.abstract The case-marking systems of Philippine languages have been difficult to classify as either nominative-accusative (NOM-ACC) or ergative-absolutive (ERG-ABS). The question hinges on the status of the “object-focus” clause type. Is it a passive voice clause as traditional analyses (beginning with Bloomfield 1917) suggest? Or is it active voice — the basic transitive clause type — as an ergative analysis would conclude? While purely structural clues at clause-level cannot tell us unambiguously which analysis is appropriate for this group of languages, a discourse-functional approach offers an escape from this dilemma. Cebuano is spoken as a first language by about seventeen million people in the central and southern Philippines. It has been previously described by Morey (1961), Wolff (1965, 1967), Bunye and Yap (1971), and Bell (1976). The present paper presents evidence that the object-focus clause type in Cebuano is active voice, based on an assessment of the relative topic continuity of noun phrases in transitive clauses in a Cebuano narrative text taken from Wolff (1967). en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Linguistics & TESOL en_US
dc.subject cebuano language en_US
dc.subject discourse analysis en_US
dc.subject ergativity en_US
dc.subject case-marking en_US
dc.subject morphology en_US
dc.subject syntax en_US
dc.title Discourse-based evidence for an ergative analysis of Cebuano en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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