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Re: Trigger Systems (was: Rating languages)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Sunday, September 30, 2001, 5:56
Tristan Alexander McLeay scripsit:

> What exactly is a trigger system? I know there was something about this in > the conlang faq, but (and indeed > seem to be down, so I can't check it.
In brief, one in which all NPs but one are marked for function (actor, patient, beneficiary, whatever) and the remaining NP isn't. The verb is tagged to indicate the case of the remaining NP. This sounds like verb voice, but it's different because actor-trigger sentences aren't particularly the normal case, as active voice sentence are in voice languages. -- John Cowan Please leave your values | Check your assumptions. In fact, at the front desk. | check your assumptions at the door. --sign in Paris hotel | --Miles Vorkosigan