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.
Conlang fluency survey -- there's still time to participate before
I analyze the results and write the article