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Re: Ergativity

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Sunday, August 10, 2003, 3:38
Chris Bates wrote:
> If the languages does indeed mark it: > > 2. Robert-<erg> cooked. > > without an abs than it is not actually an ergative language at all.
Uh, yes it is. It depends on the language. Many undebatably accusative languages allow you to drop arguments. In Japanese, for example, you can freely drop the nominative or the accusative or both, if clear from context. There's no reason an ergative language can't do the same. Besides which, ergativity is not a black-or-white category. A language can have ergative marking on nouns, but accusative syntax, for example. -- "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


Chris Bates <christopher.bates@...>
Tim May <butsuri@...>