|From:||Markus Miekk-oja <torpet@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, January 22, 2000, 11:08|
>He also forwarded me a question appeared in alt.usage.spanish
>where someone asked about ergativity in general, and about
>ergativity in Spanish (!?). I told him to tell the guy that
>there was no such thing. But anyway, if you have any resources
>on ergativity, or want to contribute a nice definition, or
>have any idea why he could've thought of ergativity in Spanish,
>please tell me.
I'm probably completely wrong, but my guess is that the original asker,
believed Basque to be a Spanish dialect (there are such people, yes,
although 'ts hard to believe....) who also had heard Basque is an ergative
language/dialect. Here's the fault of my theory: anybody who knows what
ergative is probably knows a bit more of language than the average man,
making it probable that the guy knows of Basque being a language of its own,
Theory II, which probably is even as much faulty:
could bilingual basque/spanish people've evolved ergative spanish (with the
accusative preposition as absolutive marker?) dialects?
Basque are proud of their language aren't they?
I don't know much about Spanish, really, so, as said before, I could be
wrong. (Could and could? Ok, _I am wrong_.)