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The Comparative Method of Language Acquisition Research$
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Clifton Pye

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226481289

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226481319.001.0001

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The Acquisition of Person Marking in the Mayan Verb Complex

The Acquisition of Person Marking in the Mayan Verb Complex

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(p.185) Chapter Eight The Acquisition of Person Marking in the Mayan Verb Complex
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The Comparative Method of Language Acquisition Research
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Clifton Pye

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226481319.003.0008

This chapter shows how children acquire the ergative person marking system in the Mayan verb complex. English pronouns have different forms that distinguish between the nominative, accusative, and genitive cases. The nominative case applies to pronouns when they occur in the context of sentence subjects, whereas the accusative case applies when the pronouns occur in the context of verb objects. In the case of K'iche', the absolutive person markers apply in the context of the subject of an intransitive verb and the object of a transitive verb. The ergative person markers occur in the context of the subject of transitive verbs (and nominal possessors). The chapter compares children's acquisition of ergative person markers on transitive and intransitive verbs in K'iche', Mam, and Ch'ol as well as their acquisition of absolutive person markers on intransitive verbs.

Keywords:   children, verb complex, pronoun, absolutive person marker, intransitive verb, transitive verb, ergative person marker, K'iche', Mam, Ch'ol

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