|From:||Muke Tever <muke@...>|
|Date:||Friday, August 15, 2003, 21:26|
From: "Andreas Johansson" <andjo@...>
> Quoting Joe <joe@...>:
> > From: "Andreas Johansson" <andjo@...>
> > > Does this mean that there are purely accusative languages around?
> > English seems pretty pure accusative. I don't know enough about Ergative
> > languages to give an example of one of them, but from what I've heard,
> > Basque is a good example of a pure Ergative lang...
> "This soup sells well" et sim have been quoted as proof that English is part-
Ergativity requires S to be treated the same as P, which isnt the case here: P
never dictates verb agreement [These soups sell well, not *these soups sells
In this S still has all the same functions as A, but with a middle sense of the
verb [This soup sells itself well].