Donohue, Cathryn; Donohue, Mark
This report investigates the uses of the ergative case marker in transitive clauses in Bumthang,
a language of Central Bhutan. We discuss the conditions under which the ergative is required and
show that a simple analysis involving multiple influences models the data. Previous studies have
shown that variable case marking may be determined by syntactic, semantic, or pragmatic factors,
but in Bumthang we see that all of these factors play a role in determining the use of the ergative
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