un- + ergative, from the fact that in an ergative-absolutive language, the only case which uniquely identifies a volitional argument is the ergative case, which marks the agent of a transitive verb.
"unergative." YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 18 October 2018. <http://www.yourdictionary.com/unergative>.
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