Definition of ergativity in English:

ergativity

noun

Grammar
  • See ergative

    • ‘Instead, every ergative language exhibits ergativity in some circumstances but not in others, and the range of observed ergative systems is enormous, though the differences are not arbitrary.’
    • ‘This is baby-level English-structure stuff - not something like the that-trace effect, or ergativity in verbs, say - and very long-standard terminology.’
    • ‘But what a cool correlation between language and genetics this could be - if the absence of grammatical gender and ergativity in Persian could tip us off to population mixtures that explain features in western Iran.’

Pronunciation

ergativity

/ˌərɡəˈtivitē/