Ergative Case and Verbal Agreement: Explaining Dialectal Variations in Nepali

Pritha Chandra, Usha Udaar


This paper demonstrates that Darjeeling Nepali, a «dialect» or variety of Nepali exhibits ergative patterns and verbal agreement paradigms that differ from those in the mainland variant. It has overt case-marked ergative subjects that optionally trigger verbal agreement, unlike mainland Nepali. We provide a syntactic analysis for these dialectal variations.

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