Grammatical relations in Basque

Zúñiga, Fernando; Fernández, Beatriz (2019). Grammatical relations in Basque. In: Alena, Witzlack-Makarevich; Bickel, Balthasar (eds.) Argument Selectors: A new perspective on grammatical relations. Typological Studies in Language: Vol. 123 (pp. 185-212). Amsterdam: John Benjamins

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This article presents the grammatical relations (GRs) of Standard Basque (unclassified, Spain and France) 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 showing comparatively simple dependent-marking patterns with quite intricate head-marking patterns (especially regarding morphological marking). These patterns combine accusative “deep syntax” with neutral “surface syntax” on the one hand, as well as coding patterns usually framed in terms of split ergativity (tam- and person-based) and split intransitivity (lexically based) on the other.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Zúñiga, Fernando

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages

ISBN:

9789027202024

Series:

Typological Studies in Language

Publisher:

John Benjamins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fernando Zúñiga

Date Deposited:

07 Nov 2018 09:49

Last Modified:

18 Jun 2019 16:05

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/120966

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