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How Do Erg langs handle causative? Was: Re: Active

From:Markus Miekk-oja <torpet@...>
Date:Thursday, January 20, 2000, 19:18
> One reason for me to have little sympathy with stadialists is how they > treat obvious examples of the opposite direction of development. For > instance, they insist that modern Indo-Aryan languages (mostly ergative, > but descending from the nominative Sanskrit) are only 'formally', but not > 'truly' ergative. One of the favorite stadialist arguments is that > most Indo-Aryan langs have causative, which (in their opinion) a 'truly > ergative' language should not have.
This got me interested. How does a 'truly ergative' lang handle causative transitive constructions of the kind "I made him buy it" according to them? (For surely, they must be able to handle them in some way).