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Project: Ergativity in the Romance languages. A functional-typological study.

project duration
01-JAN-99 – 31-OCT-03
The typological concept of ergativity will be applied to some Romance languages, among them Spanish. The study recognizes in certain syntactic phenomena ergative organization structures based on formal features which will be explained from a content-functional orientation. Thus the main objectives of the project are a) to determine the linguistic factors that contribute to the generation of ergative structures, b) to determine the degree of ergative receptivity of each of the analyzed languages, c) to take into consideration the non-direct object, generally omitted by ergative theories.