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Re: Unresolved problems in Lyanjen morphosyntactic nomenclature

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, June 28, 2001, 21:10
"Matt M." wrote:
> What do you think of the case names "subjective", "agentive," and > "patientive"?
That could work, but I'd prefer the terms "intransitive", "ergative" and "accusative". Third-person sentient clitics in Uatakassí are on such a system, but I use the term "absolutive" instead of "intransitive", but only because it's analogous to the absolutive forms in the non-sentient third-person clitics (which are ergative/absolutive), analogous in that the absolutive singular forms are identical to the respective gender-prefixes. First and second person clitics, incidentally, work on a nominative/accusative system.
> I don't know what to call the class of prefixes in question. I've > tentatively settled on "valency", but I don't know if that makes sense. > Suggestions?
I don't have any suggestions, but that is a really cool system. -- Cenedl heb iaith, cenedl heb galon A nation without a language is a nation without a heart - Welsh proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42