Imperative mood in ergative languages
|From:||Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 10:51|
having started P47 project, I met a problem. The lang is intended to have
three basic types of a simple sentence: absolute (for intransitive verbs),
ergative (for transitive verbs) and dative (for perceptive verbs). In
indicative mood it goes smooth. How then it works in imperative? If
indicative "The hunter killed a wolf" and "The boy hears his father's voice"
may be glossed as "wolf is.killed hunter-ERG" and "father-GEN voice is.heard
boy-DAT", will imperative "Kill the wolf!", "Hear my voice!" be rendered as
"wolf let.it.be.killed you-ERG", "my voice let.be.heard you-DAT"? IIRC in
Georgian imperative in fact coincides with aorist, so "Give me some wine!"
is the same as "You have.given me (some) wine!" Any confirmation? Any
from frosty Ukraine with love