"OVS" – A misnomer for SVO languages with ergative alignment
Hubert Haider
January 2021

Unequivocal OVS languages are not attested, contrary to claims in the literature. Languages filed as OVS in typological descriptions turn out to be SVO languages with ergative alignment that have been misclassified due to ill-chosen diagnostics for "S" and "O".
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keywords: typology, word order, svo, ovs, ergative language, passive, antipassive, semantics, morphology, syntax, definition of subject, nominative-accusative, absolutive-ergative, universals, greenberg
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