|From:||Elliott Lash <al260@...>|
|Date:||Friday, October 12, 2001, 6:07|
I have a rudimentary language which seems like it could be ergative. Any help would be appreciated.
In the language there are morphemes which agree with the object of the verb:
myo' /mjo?/ "to hunt (something)
myo'es /mjo?@s/ "to hunt things"
myo'a /mjo?a/ "to have hunted something"
myo'as /mjo?as/ "to have hunted things"
(Note these can also be 3rd person singular "he hunts it", "he hunts them")
However, when these are attached to an intransitive verb, the meaning is different:
"to go into some inhabitable area"
"he goes into some inhabitable area"
"they go... "
(phonology note: [e] > [i-]/_n)
So my question is, could this be a form of ergative morphology?