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Re: Monster Raving Loony (was: Re: Ergativity)

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Sunday, August 22, 2004, 20:03
Paul Bennett wrote:

> > Nonononono. You misunderstand. The point of MRL languages is not that > something is the agent and the patient at the same time, but rather that: > > In intransitive sentences, the subject is marked in case A. > > In transitive sentences, both the patient and the agent are marked in > case > B. > > This is not always entirely looney, since word order, verbal agreement, > and other factors can differentiate, but it *is* true that there are > natlangs whereby context is the only possible disambiguator. >
Indeed. Well, and clarification