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Re: cases

From:Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>
Date:Friday, March 5, 1999, 21:41
Edward Heil wrote:

>For the Boranesian-impaired... Nominative? Ergative? What kind >of transitivity system does Boranesian have? > >Ever since I heard of Ergative languages I've wanted to make one... >
Boreanesian is a trigger language like those of the Philippines and other Western Austronesian languages. Based on my theories and understanding of trigger languages, the concept of nominative/ergative subject cannot really apply because all sentences are structured as nominal predicates - that is, there is only *one* core argument. So instead of saying "The boy kissed the girl", a Boreanesian would say something like "The boy is the kisser of the girl" or "The girl is the 'kissing-recipient' of the boy". Transitive sentences simply do not exist. -kristian- 8-)