Abstract

This paper continues the debate begun over three decades ago about the nature of the case-marking system of Proto-Polynesian, whether it possessed an ergative or an accusative system. After consideration of extra-Polynesian comparative evidence, putative counterexamples in some Polynesian pronominal systems, and the history of the current accusative marking, it finds in favor of the accusative system view.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 128-153
Launched on MUSE
2007-07-30
Open Access
No
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