On the dating and nature of verb agreement in Tibeto-Burman.
LaPolla, Randy J.
Date of Issue1992
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
This paper is part of an ongoing investigation into the nature of grammatical relations in the Sino-Tibetan language family. The ultimate goal of this investigation is to develop a hypothesis on the typological nature of word order and grammatical relations in the mother language which gave rise to all of the many languages within the Sino Tibetan language family. As the verb agreement (pronominalization) systems of Tibeto-Burman have been said to be a type of ergative marking, and to have been a part of Proto-Tibeto-Burman grammatical relations, the questions of the dating and nature of the agreement systems in Tibeto-Burman are relevant to the discussion of the nature of grammatical relations in Proto-Sino-Tibetan.
Bulletin of the School of oriental and African studies
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