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Re; Ergativity

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Friday, August 15, 2003, 20:18
Joe <joe@...> writes:

> > Does this mean that there are purely accusative languages around? > > English seems pretty pure accusative.
At least one element in English shows ergative behaviour: the suffix -ee. An escapee is one who escapes, but an employee is one who is employed. Jörg.


John Cowan <cowan@...>