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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 inanimate-plural. 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. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42