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Re: Nominative for recipient

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 9, 2006, 20:13
Pete wrote:
Nominative is used for subjects and indirect objects

Accusative is used for direct objects.

I don't know about the historical evolution, but plenty of
languages do this--among them, Moro with proper names
(the only place where the accusative marker emerges):

Kuku ganatSo KodZaN Eljasir.
/Kuku give-PERF. Koja-ACC. Elyasir/
"Kuku gives Koja to Elyasir."

This is a scenario where Koja is a baby.

There are a number of other examples in that paper Matt Dryer
did.  Let me see if I can find it...  Oh, you can download it from
my website:

It's a thorough look at all types of ergative/accusative marking
which includes indirect objects (something you don't get most
of the time when you see a review of ergativity).

I use a similar system in Tan Tyls, except the order of the
arguments is different:

n@b@m@si x@kw@tlisi-x x@p@hit aps@k@m
/man 3obv.-hunt-3anim.-3obv. buffalo ACC.-woman/
"The man hunts a buffalo for the woman."

"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison