|From:||Marcus Smith <smithma@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 2:51|
Tom Wier wrote:
>> I agree, but I didn't invent the terminology! :-) That's the
>> terminology I've seen in every description of Romanian I've read.
>Well, then. A thoughtful linguist would change it.
And divorce himself from the previous literature. I don't think so. Rarely
happens, even with the more rediculous names, such as the "classifiers" in
Navajo which don't classify anything, unergative verbs that have nothing to do
with ergativity - the list is long. Consistent nomenclature is important for
communication. IMHO changes should only be made when the current terminology
leads to confusion. An inappropriate label for a case is not such a
situation. It is, after all, only a label, and nothing important hangs on it.
"When you lose a language, it's like
dropping a bomb on a museum."
-- Kenneth Hale