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Phaleran Case Update (3): Instrumental

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Monday, August 6, 2001, 6:46
(continued from previous post)

In the previous post I talked mostly about the dative case.
The instrumental case partially overlaps that case:  instrumental
marks grammatical relations like Instrument (duh), Agent,
though only in passive constructions, and Possession, when
the possessor is animate or volitional.


    Hwana            eoni                 poñgeinânto
    1pPl-IncNom  3pPl-ProxObj  weapon.PL.INST

    hlâswangai,                                  sei  kakalento
    brawl.TR.1pPl-IncPfRe.Dyn.Sen not PL.word.INST

    'We have fought them with weapons, not words!'

(Here, 'word' is anomalously grouped with other reduplicating
plurals, which are mostly animate nouns.)


The Instrumental correlate of the last dative example is the

Ahra                tuthuranento            tþenarisnon
governor.ABS  PL.janissary.INST  rise-up.INTR.3pPL-ProxProgRe.Hyp.Quot
'They say that they governor's janissaries are rising in revolt.'

The implication of the instrumental possessive construction is that
these are the governor's personal troops, not (as in the dative example)
tied more closely to their place of work.

Like I said, I don't have the work done on the voices that Phaleran
has, but I'll get to them, and then be able to give the agentive
use of the instrumental.

Any comments? Questions?

Thomas Wier | AIM: trwier

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