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Re: Patient marking in active languages

From:Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>
Date:Saturday, February 18, 2006, 20:02

From: "Nokta Kanto" <red5_2@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2006 5:14 AM

> What does an active language do for verbs that (arguably) > take two patients: own, be inside, overlook, ride, wear? > Do they assign > the "agent" role to one of the arguments, or use some > other noun case, or > not express such relationships as a verb clause?
I'd simply use the Experiencer role for that, i.e. dative case (classically) or experiencer, depending on how you name your cases. A sentence doesn't necessarily need to have an agent. I don't understand why the verbs you gave take two patients: sb owns/is inside of/overlooks/rides/wears sth. Cheers, Carsten -- "Miranayam cepauarà naranoaris." (Calvin nay Hobbes)