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Re: ergative + another introduction

From:David Peterson <thatbluecat@...>
Date:Thursday, November 18, 2004, 7:09
Erich wrote:

> What exacly constitutes ergative structure? I've seen it mentioned
> times but I am completely in the dark as far as how it works. Is there > perhaps a website someone could link me to, or do any of you want to
> this poor soul about the mysteries of the ergative structure? >>
Well, this is twice this week that a message on CONLANG has caused me to post about a webpage I'm putting up that's half-finished. It should be finished before Friday. What I was *going* to say in the message I was going to post when it was done was that I added a page to my website that endeavors to explain everything there is to know about ergativity. Everything. Currently, I've explained what I call pristine nominative-accusative and ergative-absolutive systems, both with case marking and without. In other words, these are systems that don't exist in natural languages. I'm about to start working on what occurs in natural languages. What's up for right now, though, is probably enough to answer your question, Erich. So, from now on, if anyone asks about ergativity (that's once a month or so on the list), my hope is that we can point people to the following site: This is just a subsection of the larger page (which is also not finished). As such, if anyone has anything to add about ergativity (for example, I'd like to add a list of conlangs that are ergative that have their ergativity explained on a website somewhere), let me know, and hopefully we can get everything said that needs to be said. But, of course, I shouldn't even have been reading this message, because I'm offlist. Grr... Good thing my phonetics professor isn't on CONLANG... Oh, incidentally, welcome to the list, Erich! ~:D -David ******************************************************************* "sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze." "No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn." -Jim Morrison


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