Transitivity in the analysis of Northern Betsimisaraka Malagasy

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Date:
2008
Sponsored By:
Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science
Part Of Series:
Studies in Philippine Languages & Cultures; 10-ICAL Austronesian Papers; Volume 18 (2008); pp. 44-64
Extent:
pages 44-64
Abstract:
In this paper, the sentence structures of Betsimisaraka Malagasy are described. It will be shown that Betsimisaraka Malagasy is a language with an ergative case-marking system, where each transitive sentence has a corresponding passive. The paper will then provide a brief discussion as to why this analysis captures the characteristics of sentence structures and their derivational relationships better than traditional analyses of Malagasy, where sentence structures are described as exhibiting voice contrasts.
Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Madagascar
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Subject:
Sentence structure
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Entry Number:
42071