Re: Anadewism questions 3: Verbs governing trigger
|From:||Damian Yerrick <tepples@...>|
|Date:||Friday, May 6, 2005, 14:23|
"Carsten Becker" <naranoieati@...> wrote:
> I'd like to know whether it would be sensible that a verb
> determines which argument to trigger, much like Latin (and
> also German) prepositions govern particular cases. What
> would such a system be called then? Would this be called
> split-ergativity then?
"Split ergativity" is a rawther broad term. It covers all of the
following behaviors that influence switching between ergative and
accusative behavior within various languages:
* Person of the subject and object, as in Dyirbal.
* Tense or aspect, as in Indo-Iranian languages.
* The activeness or stativeness traditionally associated with the
verb, as in split-S languages.
I think what you're looking for is something similar to split-S.
Even English has some traces of split-S: