Approximately 25% of the world’s languages are described as “ergative languages” because they present argument-marking phenomena that differ from the more widespread nominative-accusative pattern.
Despite the growing body of research on ergativity during the last decades, there is still no shared understanding in linguistic theory on the ultimate nature of ergativity, and whether it constitutes a uniform linguistic property.
Also, despite the advances made in the last decades in the study of language acquisition and processing, it is still unknown what the impact of ergativity and associated phenomena might be in these areas.
This workshop gathers experts on various areas of language research (theoretical linguistics, typology, acquisition, processing) to discuss their latest proposals and results as well as to asses resilient problems in the study of ergativity as a linguistic trait.
To better understand ergativity, my search lead me to an amazing discovery.
Here is the cutting edge of academic research in this field.
EHU stands for Euskal Herriko Unibertsita, University of the Basque Country—whose predilection for ergative research is completely understandable
I wish I had their handouts.