|From:||David Peterson <digitalscream@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 2, 2001, 0:37|
Okay, now that I (think I) understand what a trigger language is, why the
heck would one come about? What's the point of them?
If I understand them correctly, then the following English sentence: "I
give the dog a bone."
Could come out three different ways in a trigger language.
1.) I (unmarked) give (nominative/ergative/agent) the dog
(dative/benefactive) a bone (acc./absol.)
2.) I (nom/erg/agt) give (dat/ben) the dog (unmarked) a bone (acc./absol.)
3.) I (nom/erg/agt) give (acc./absol.) the dog (dat./ben.) a bone (unmarked)
[The cases depend on what distinction the language makes, I guess; or does it
So what on Earth is the point? What would the difference be in these
three sentences? Is it focus? I mean, if the cases aren't changed at all,
just where the marking is...why? Am I missing something about trigger
languages here? Does any one have a trigger language in which you could
illustrate the above example? I just don't understand, semantically, what
the difference is, and why such a distinction would be. Can anyone help me