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even if there's just one ergative language in Europe (Basque), possibly one-quarter of the world's languages express ergative homes, and pose significant problems for plenty of present linguistic theories. R. M. W. Dixon the following offers a whole survey of a few of the varieties of ergativity, the methods they interrelate, their semantic bases and their function within the organization of discourse. Ergativity stems from R. M. W. Dixon's long-standing curiosity within the subject, and specifically from his seminal 1979 paper in Language. It contains a wealthy choice of information from a good number of the world's languages. finished, transparent and insightful, it is going to be the traditional element of reference for all these attracted to the topic.

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