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Re: Ergative?

From:Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>
Date:Thursday, September 27, 2001, 4:53
Instrumental or comitative, one or the other...


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On Wed, 26 Sep 2001, Matthew Kehrt wrote:

> I have a case in my lang, Eviendadhail, which I used to think was > ergative, but, after reading more about ergativity, I'm now unsure. > This case indicates the thing used to perform the action. For example, > I could say, without using this case: > > Éyaverog silen negeth. > > which is: > > The boy killed the jabberwock. > > Or, I could say: > > Ilelés éyaverog silen negeth. > > which is: > > The boy killed the jabberwock with a sword. > > This case indicates the sword, that is, the tool used to perform the > verb. Does anyone know what this is called, if anything? > > -M >


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