Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Lecture: "Grammatical Relations in Kakataibo: When the Notion of Split is Just Not Enough"

Tue, January 28, 2014 | CLA 1.302D

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Roberto Zariquiey, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, describes how different grammatical relations (GR) alignments manifest and interact with each other in Kakataibo grammar. We will see that this language combines tripartite, ergative, accusative, neutral and horizontal alignments in different parts of its grammar. In this sense, calling Kakataibo an ergative or a split ergative language misses the point that large parts of its grammar follow a non-ergative alignment. Kakataibo is ergative, but also accusative, tripartite, neutral and even horizontal, according to the specific grammatical mechanism that we look at. This unusual diversity of alignments goes beyond the notion of split and constitutes a radical example of the construction-specific nature of grammatical relations (in fact, case marking and switch-reference revolve around at least three different GR alignments, positing interesting questions about how we should understand their construction-specific nature).

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