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rgative to Nominative Transition

From:Anthony M. Miles <theophilus88@...>
Date:Thursday, September 28, 2000, 16:00
>"Anthony M. Miles" wrote: > > > > Does the following transition seem likely? > >Only one problem - how'd the nouns acquire the nominative and accusative >endings?
I was thinking on analogical terms with Greek, in which pronominal endings 'infected' the nominal cases.
>Another likely change would simply be the ergative being extended in use >to the subject of intransitive verbs, thus becoming a nominative >function.
If I understand you correctly, in this model the steps for Proto-Gweinic would be: 1. VEAB replaces VAB and thus becomes N, creatng: VN1AB, VN1, VN2, VN2AC, where N2 is the pronominal ending for the nominative. 2. AB is now functionally identical to AC; the animate preserves the AC (ken, gen, M.en), which is similar to the other oblique declensional forms, while the inanimate preserves the AB (towr, dowr, mejr), which is not. The basic problem is my Gweinic paradigm has anomalous nominative and accusative forms in the inanimate (lej, ze:, ze:, and to:r, do:r, ne:r, respectively). The locative and instrumental endings ((pa/o, ba/o, ma/e; pja/o, bja/o, ma/e are not anomalous because they were originally enclitic postpositions, like the Greek locative -t<h>i.
>-- >Dievas dave dantis; Dievas duos duonos >God gave teeth; God will give bread - Lithuanian proverb
Early Lahabic: Dyama'man La'rkhe khomite'ze' ned dyama'mi'n khemitauanto'r. Classical Lahabic: Dyama'man La'rkh khonte'ze' ned dyama'mi'n khemitauanto'r. _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at Share information about yourself, create your own public profile at