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Re: Fifth morphosyntactic category?

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 5, 2008, 11:15
Mark J. Reed:
Can't remember what you call the ones that make no distinctions...

Agent, Patient, Intransitive...

A!=P!=I Tripartite
A=P!=I Monster Raving Loony
A!=P=I Ergative
A=I!=P Accusative
A=I=P ?


The dog slept.
The cat slept.
The dog chased the cat.
The cat chased the dog.


Now, if word order isn't an issue, then you have a clairvoyant
system--but, *man*, it'd *really* better be unpredictable word
order and animacy.

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

-Jim Morrison


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>