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Re: Ergativity

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Friday, August 15, 2003, 20:46
Quoting takatunu <takatunu@...>:

> Andreas wrote: > <<< > Note that (2) is ambiguous - it can mean either that Robert is cooking > something, or that something is cooking Robert. It seems to me the easiest > to > say we've simply got two verbs "to cook" here, one a causative, one an > intransitive. > >>> > > Why not three verbs?
Because "Robert cooks", to my knowledge, cannot be interpreted in more than two ways! (And yes, I understood your point, and I guess there's no reason one couldn't analyze the transitive sentence as involving a third separate verb. However, that analyzis would create large numbers of doublettes - whereas there's to my knowledge only a few cases where the object of a transitive can become the subjected of a corresponding non-passive sentence - which suggest to me that we're looking at a general ability of large classes of English transitives to omit the object.) Andreas


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