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Ergativity Reference Done

From:David Peterson <thatbluecat@...>
Date:Monday, November 22, 2004, 9:30
Hi all,

I'm now "finished" with my section on ergativity.   The result is

I say "finished", because my hope is to update it based on people's
comments.   So, like I said, if you have a language that's ergative and
has an explanation online, I'd like to link to it.   Also, if you find any
errors, I want to make sure I correct them.

One neat thing is that I named the third possible pattern.   What I
mean is that in a nominative-accusative pattern, S and A are
grouped together to the exclusion of P, and in an ergative-absolutive
pattern, S and P are grouped together to the exclusion of A.   There
is a third possible (though unattested) pattern where A and P are
grouped together to the exclusion of S.   I named this the duative-unitive
pattern, where A and P receive duative case, and S receives unitive
case.   I thought it was neat idea.   But, a couple questions remain: (1)
Did I get the names right (i.e., did I use the Latin roots correctly)?; and
(2) has someone somewhere already named these cases and this

Anyway, thanks to those who've already given me comments, and
to those who will.   Hope all's well.

"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison


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