Translated Titles

Agentive and Other Markings in Qiang


黃成龍(Cheng-Long Huang)

Key Words

類型學 ; 語法關係 ; 格標記 ; 作格 ; 漢藏語 ; typology ; grammatical relation ; case marking ; ergative ; Sino-Tibetan



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

11卷2期(2010 / 04 / 01)

Page #

249 - 295

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

This paper deals with the form and function/distribution of the postposition of the agentive referent in transitive clauses through a comparison of 19 dialectal varieties of Qiang. The author proposes that the agentive marking in Qiang is not marked for syntactic function (either nominative or ergative case), but reflects semantic/pragmatic constraints; therefore, the marking of the agentive referent just reflects the semantically based nature of grammatical relations in Qiang.

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