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Re: Ergativity

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, completely. 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_.)