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Rethinking Comparative Syntax (ReCoS)

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Studying at Cambridge


Splitting and clustering grammatical information

Splitting and clustering grammatical information (Leiden University)

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This project focuses on a striking parallelism between two macro-groups of languages: southern Italian (Romance) dialects and the so-called split-ergative languages, like Basque, Georgian, Dyirbal, Hindi/Urdu, and many others. Surprisingly, these two groups of languages, which have otherwise very little in common, both organize the grammatical material in a very peculiar fashion, by grouping some elements together to the exclusion of others.