Re: Ðe construct case hisparadox
|From:||Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>|
|Date:||Friday, February 6, 2004, 3:55|
Pavel Iosad wrote:
> I'm not sure I'm following you. Construct case is an instance of head-
> marking, yet I do not think that completely head-marking languages
> exist. The distinction between construct-case and genitive-case
> constructions does not have anything to do with assigning, for
> instance, thematic roles to the NP.
In Mohawk, at least, verbs agree with the possessor. Thus, in a
sentence like "The thief stole the man's hats", the verb would take
animate-singular object marking (agreeing with man) rather than
Of course, it's likely that in an alternate English, the possessed noun
would still be the subject of agreement, thus "Ðe man his-hats are
brown" (or whatever the otherEnglish words would be).
An interesting idea would be to have an alternation, such that some
speakers would say "Ðe man his-hats are" and others "Ðe man his-hats
is". Perhaps possessor-agreement would be more common when something
intervenes between the noun and the verb.
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