|From:||JOEL MATTHEW PEARSON <mpearson@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, September 26, 1998, 0:29|
Ha! After a few minutes looking, I managed to find an example of
a natlang which consistently assigns dative case to the subjects of
verbs of perception and emotion. The language is Guaymi, spoken in
Costa Rica and Panama (it belongs to the Chibchan family, not the Carib
family, so I was wrong on that score). Anyway, here are some examples,
lifted from Thomas Payne's "Describing Morphosyntax", a book which has
gotten a lot of good press on CONLANG recently:
Davi-e Dori gare
David-DAT Doris know-Pres
"David knows Doris"
Toma-e Dori tyry
Thomas-DAT Doris remember-Pres
"Thomas remembers Doris"
Ti-e ru hatu-aba
1sg-DAT airplane see-Past
"I saw the airplane"
Ti-e tymEna nib-i
1sg-DAT thirst feel-Pres
"I feel thirst, I'm thirsty"
For the record, each of these predicates ("know", "remember", "see",
"be thirsty") takes a dative case subject in Tokana as well. And
I didn't even know there *was* such a language as Guaymi...