Ergative (was Re: Some questions)
|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Monday, January 12, 2004, 7:02|
Trebor Jung wrote:
Ergative-absolutive languages are where the subjects
> of intransitive sentences and the direct objects of transitive sentencesare
> marked with one case (ergative), and the subjects of transitive sentencesare
> marked with another case (absolutive).
>Sorry to nitpick; I thought someone else would catch this:
The case-names are backwards.
-- subj. of intrans. and DO of transitive: absolutive
-- subj. of transitive verbs: ergative.