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.
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was hanged." - Irish proverb