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CHAT: Ugly linguistics terms (was Re: inventory of cases)

From:Eric Christopherson <raccoon@...>
Date:Friday, July 2, 1999, 19:31
On Mon, 28 Jun 1999, Brad Coon wrote:
> My first exposure to the whole concept of ergativity was in a sketch of Inuit > grammar which > as you note, used the term Relative. I have used it ever since in my languages > although the > genitive sense has usually been lost once cases started proliferating. I just > can't see myself > ever using the term 'ergative' which has got to be the ugliest word in all of > linguistics (IMNSHO).
That's got to be one of the top 5 or so, but I'd say "inchoative" in #1 :O) -- Eric Christopherson