Grammatical relations in Mapudungun

Zúñiga, Fernando (2019). Grammatical relations in Mapudungun. In: Witzlack-Makarevich, Alena; Bickel, Balthasar (eds.) Argument Selectors: A new perspective on grammatical relations. Typological Studies in Language: Vol. 123 (pp. 39-67). Amsterdam: John Benjamins

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This article presents the grammatical relations (GRs) of Central Mapudungun
(unclassified, Chile and Argentina) as explored in terms of argument selection as
instantiated by different constructions (i.e., the coding and behavioral properties
usually discussed in the literature on alignment). The language emerges
as having an essentially head-marking clausal morphosyntax that contrasts
“subjects”, primary and secondary “objects,” and adjuncts, with two important
provisos. These GRs differ from the run-of-the-mill notions due to the difference
between direct and inverse transitive clauses (which responds to a person- and
topicality-based hierarchy of participants and allows for agentive or patientive
subjects and patientive or agentive primary objects, respectively), and to some
apparent heterogeneity shown across constructions by the two most prominent

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Zúñiga, Fernando


400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages




Typological Studies in Language


John Benjamins




Fernando Zúñiga

Date Deposited:

07 Nov 2018 09:42

Last Modified:

18 Jun 2019 16:05


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