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Re: Patient marking in active languages

From:Nokta Kanto <red5_2@...>
Date:Monday, February 20, 2006, 2:45
On Sun, 19 Feb 2006 14:01:53 -0500, Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>

>gzb has agent and patient case markers, but also several >others, including experiencer and "topic" (which maps to >the actual topic in many sentences, and sometimes means >"on, about, on the subject of" (when marking the object of a >verb like "talk" or "write", for instance), or acts as a generic >subject case when none of the others is quite appropriate.
Interesting. The first four noun cases capture the distinctions I had in mind... though I'll be doing something different since I have fewer cases to work with. --Noktakanto