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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: -- Damian