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Re: inalienable possession

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 17, 1998, 11:46
At 11:32 17/11/98 -0000, you wrote:
>Nik wrote : > >Christophe Grandsire wrote: >> > It's near the same distinction that occurs between the ergative=
>> > the nominative: the ergative can be used only with animates, the=
>> > for unvolitional (very useful your word, Sally) animates and for every=
>> > of inanimates. >> >> The ergative can be used with inanimates, it's just less common. "The >> disease killed him", disease is inanimate, but it would be ergative, or >> better yet "The rock crushed his head when it fell on him", rock would >> be ergative, yet it's still ergative. It's just that ergative is >> *usually* animate. >> -- > >I think Christophe was only speaking of the specific feature of his own new
language ;-)
>Mathias >
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