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Re: mixed system

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, July 1, 1999, 1:39
"J.Barefoot" wrote:
>=20 > I was trying to decide what cases to have in this language spoken near > Asiteya, and in my notes I came across the mixed system of core cases: =
> acc, and erg.
Well, some Australian languages have, for *some* nouns, a threeway system of "nominative" (if you can call it that), accusative, and ergative; "nominative" is specifically subject of an intransitive verb, ergative =3D subject of transitive verb, accusative =3D object of transit= ive verb. In my first draft of Watakass=ED, I had such a system, but I soon simplified it to an ergative system (with active-based pronominal clitics) --=20 Happy that Nation, - fortunate that age, whose history is not diverting -- Benjamin Franklin ICQ #: 18656696 AIM screen-name: NikTailor