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Re: Language Sketch: Gogido

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 0:28
On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 7:44 PM, Logan Kearsley <chronosurfer@...> wrote:
> Right. An alternative system (which results in exactly equivalent > interpretations for my entire corpus so far, since I haven't taken > advantage of the weirder ordering possibilities afforded by this > system) is that anything unmarked before the verb is an agent, and > anything unmarked after the verb is a patient. > Hm. That's probably a better system, actually, since it allows you to > elide any component without changing the rest of the sentence. Well, > I'll decide for sure when I get to writing something where it actually > makes a difference.
Would elided components mean "an unspecified agent did such-and-such action to this patient" and "this agent did such-and-such action to an unspecified patient" and "this agent did an unspecified action to this patient"? Or are there rules for figuring out a default agent, verb, and patient when they're not explicit, e.g. the same as in the last sentence? If the latter, at least w.r.t. patients, you would need transitivity marking. -- Jim Henry Conlang fluency survey -- there's still time to participate before I analyze the results and write the article


Logan Kearsley <chronosurfer@...>