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Re: Ergative + Accusative?

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Monday, February 21, 2000, 2:46
The Gray Wizard wrote:
> AFMCL, amman iar > morphological ergativity follows this animacy pattern as well.
W. uses nom/acc for the clitic pronouns. However, the free pronouns are inflected like nouns, that is, abs/erg. 1st and 2nd person clitics only have nominative and genetive, while 3rd person has nominative, accusative, and genetive (I figured that the accusative clitics would be easily lost in 1st and 2nd person since they would be redundant with the absolutive personal inflection on the verb; while 3rd person verbal inflections only distinguish sentient/non-sentient, thus 3rd person clitics give extra information) -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson 8 Wafsafíif watyánivaf plal 273 7 Ok 18 Pax G8 ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor