"It has been a great pleasure reading Chris Manning's book. This is first of all because it is much more than just a reorganization of well-known facts in order to create a new description that can pose as a "theory." This book contains intriguing ideasm interesting theories, and new analyses, and they are clearly presented and for the most part well motivated. The author handles very complex and complicated data in a clear and instructive way, never allowing the overall perspective to be lost in minute details. I feel that this book will bring our understanding of different alignment phenomena a great step forward." Linguistic Typology
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This volume considers and examines some of the phenomena that have led languages to be considered 'ergative'. Languages considered 'ergative' have only been sparsely studied, and many fundamental questions in their analysis seem at best incompletely answered. This volume fills that void by focusing on some of the basic issues.