Anatolian morphosyntax

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This paper addresses three interrelated topics in Anatolian syntax: the syntactic typology of the Anatolian languages, specifically the issue of argument structure, and the two most striking innovations in Anatolian morphosyntax, the putative split-ergativity, seen most clearly in Hittite, and the development, unique within the early Indo-European languages, of subject clitic pronouns. Revisiting earlier studies, especially those of Garrett in 1990 and subsequently, as well as others carried out in the meantime, the paper offers a reassessment of the status and function of these innovations against the background of a discussion of Indo-European syntactic structure, and suggests a motivation rooted in a context of language contact.


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