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Re: Ergative?

From:Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>
Date:Thursday, September 27, 2001, 16:14
On Thu, 27 Sep 2001, Matthew Kehrt wrote:

> Nono! > Sorry I confused you. 'Boy' is not in the mystery case, which means, I > guess, that it's instrumental. > > Here is a simple interlinear; I hope it clears things up: > > Éyaverog silen negeth. > Jabberwock-accusative boy-nom kill-past-3rd > > Ilelés éyaverog silen negeth. > Sword-mystery jabberwock-accusative boy-nom kill-past-3rd >
To me this sounds like Hungarian instrumental: karddal a katona't mego:lte a fiu sword-COM def art soldier-ACC kill-3ps PAST def art boy The boy killed the soldier with a sword.