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The acquisition of ergative marking in Kaluli, Ku Waru and Duna (Trans New Guinea)

Rumsey, Alan; San Roque, Lila; Schieffelin, Bambi B


In this chapter we present material on the acquisition of ergative marking on noun phrases in three languages of Papua New Guinea: Kaluli, Ku Waru, and Duna. The expression of ergativity in all the languages is broadly similar, but sensitive to language-specific features, and this pattern of similarity and difference is reflected in the available acquisition data. Children acquire adult-like ergative marking at about the same pace, reaching similar levels of mastery by 3;00 despite considerable...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: The Acquisition of Ergativity
DOI: 10.1075/tilar.9.06rum


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