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Re: Are some languages easier to learn?

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, October 17, 1998, 2:15
Josh Brandt-Young wrote:
> Wow! Really? That's very cool--I had no idea there were that many > ergative languages around. Could you list some? I know of Basque and > Georgian, but that's all I can think of.
Dyirbal is the most nearly perfect ergative language (i.e., ergativity extends into the syntax more thoroughly than other ergative languages), I can't think of any specific other examples, but most of the languages of Australia are ergative to some extent.
> "Polyagglutinative"...I think you mean "polysynthetic," yes?
Yeah, that's what I meant. -- "It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father was hanged." - Irish proverb ICQ: 18656696 AOL: NikTailor