THE ERGATIVE VERBS OF GERMAN
Keywords:ergativity, ergative verbs, transitive verb, intransitive verb, agent, nominalization, topicalization, generative grammar
In the following paper an attempt is made to highlight the structural-syntactical characteristics of the ergative verbs of the German language. The author suggests that in this language ergativity is mainly manifested as a syntactical feature, and in the structure of the sentence it is realized by different means of transitive and intransitive verbs. The analysis also shows that the phenomenon of ergativity initially depends on the unique verbal thinking of the native German speakers.
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