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Re: "He opened the door and he (same referent) left the room"

From:william drewery <will65610@...>
Date:Monday, July 26, 2004, 6:31
--- Christophe Grandsire
<christophe.grandsire@...> wrote:
> En réponse à Trebor Jung : > > > >How do natlangs handle sentences like in the > subject? > > I have a few questions about how to handle such
sentences as in the subject in my conlang. First, are there languages which use purely ergative syntax, or do they all have some accusative tendencies? Second, my conlang has absolute/ergative case marking but uses a lot of thematic/topic-comment sentence structures. Should co-reference be governed by the absolute argument or by the topic, whether the topic is absolute or not? I have thought about adding 4th and 5th persons in the pronoun paradigm, do natlangs ever mark 4th and 5th person in the verb? Most that I've seen leave anything beyond 3rd person up to the prnouns proper. I figure if I could use such marking I could avoid the whole issue. It seems whenever I post to the list, it's to ask a question. I keep telling myself to contribute more, but my knowledge of linguistics is pretty shaky. So forgive me for being a leech. Thanks Always, Travis
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