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Poster Presentation for "Ergative Anaphors and High Absolutive Syntax"

posted on 2021-05-14, 23:35 authored by Dan Brodkin, Justin Royer
This poster was presented on 2021 April 8 - 11 at the

Provided abstract:
Ergative languages often do not allow reflexive anaphors to be external arguments. The literature has taken this as evidence against the High Absolutive analysis of syntactic ergativity, on which the absolutive argument moves to a high position. This argument does not go through: in High Absolutive languages, patterns of anaphor binding conflict with other diagnostics for hierarchical asymmetry. This fact shows that the distribution of reflexive anaphors is governed by independent constraints.

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