Prof. George Hewitt

Cases, arguments, verbs in Abkhaz, Georgian and Mingrelian

Cases, arguments, verbs in Abkhaz, Georgian and Mingrelian, in Case and Grammatical  Relations. Studies in Honor of Bernard Comrie, edited by G.G. Corbett & M. Noonan, 75-104. Typological Studies in Language 81. 2008 (J. Benjamin)

A number of apparently anomalous features in the marking of arguments are examined in three contiguous languages spoken in Transcaucasia: Abkhaz from the North West Caucasian family, and Georgian and Mingrelian, two South Caucasian (or Kartvelian) languages. Among the categories examined are those of potentiality, unwilling/accidental activity, causation, (in) transitivity, and non-standard case-assignment, as well as the much debated question of whether Georgian (and, by extension, Proto-Kartvelian) is correctly described in part of its morpho-syntax as exemplifying an Ergative as opposed to an Active configuration. There are passing references to such other languages as (Indo-European) Ancient Greek, (North West Caucasian) Circassian and (Kartvelian) Svan.

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