Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

Ergativity 2009
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Bilbao, November 4-6
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Approximately 25% of the world’s languages are described as “ergative languages” because they present argument-marking phenomena that differ from the more widespread nominative-accusative pattern. Despite the growing body of research on ergativity during the last decades, there is still no shared understanding in linguistic theory on the ultimate nature of ergativity, and whether it constitutes a uniform linguistic property. Also, despite the advances made in the last decades in the study of language acquisition and processing, it is still unknown what the impact of ergativity and associated phenomena might be in these areas. This workshop gathers experts on various areas of language research (theoretical linguistics, typology, acquisition, processing) to discuss their latest proposals and results as well as to asses resilient problems in the study of ergativity as a linguistic trait.

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