Max Planck Institute
for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Linguistics

Typological tools for field linguistics


Ditransitive alignment


This questionnaire was developed for a research seminar on alignment taught at the University of Amsterdam. It asks for basic facts about the expression of arguments in the language, with a special focus on distinct types of second arguments of two-place predicates and third arguments of three-place predicates. The second part asks about the basic alignment system that emerges from these facts. The third part then goes into the operations that may change this basic alignment system: passive/antipassive, applicatives, and dative shift.

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Kees Hengeveld