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Tirelat's newly found activeness (was: Re: TRANS: something slightly more deep)

From:daniel andreasson <daniel.andreasson@...>
Date:Monday, February 7, 2000, 15:39
Herman Miller wrote:

> What used to be, tentatively, the nominative and accusative cases, are now > definitely Agent and Patient cases. Intransitive verbs are divided into two > categories, one that takes agents and one that takes patients. In other > words, Tirelat is an "active" language, or in Thomas E. Payne's terminology > it exhibits "split intransitivity".
Very interesting! I'm trying to do something similar in Rinya (in fact, I'm about to write my BA-thesis on something in the 'active' area). Anyway. Have you written anything else about this change in Tirelat? On your website, it's still NOM and ACC. And what about the syntax? Will it still be accusative (which I believe it is) or will you make it active, which iirc is very rare? That would be really cool imho. Daniel Andreasson PS. I think Robert D. Van Valin Jr's article "Semantic Parameters of Split Intransitivity" might be a good read. If you haven't already...