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Re: Triggers and Voice

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 5, 2001, 13:42
En réponse à Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>:

> > That... or the grammarian was only trying to make the description of > Tagalog grammar understable to the average Westerner. >
Except that explaining that a language has 1 active voice and 10 passive voices is not likely to enlighten anyone in my opinion, especially when they then try to explain how they are formed. It's like trying to explain the verbs in an ergative language by saying that all verbs are passive. If you have an antipassive too, or like Basque agreement with both subject and object, you're more likely to provoke more confusion than necessary. Completely unrelated note: are you advancing in preparing a webpage? I'm quite impatient :))) . Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.