|From:||Matthew Kehrt <matrix14@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, September 27, 2001, 15:27|
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
Hope that helps. Sorry for the confusion.
Nik Taylor wrote:
> Sounds like this is a case which combines ergative and instrumental.
> Instrumental is a case used to indicate the instrument with which an
> action was done, like "sword" there. However, that term is not normally
> used for the case of "the boy" in the first sentence. I have a
> question, what's the interlinear of your two examples? Is it something
> like "Boy-(mystery case) kill-past jabberwock" and "Sword-(mystery case)
> boy-(mystery case) kill-past jabberwock"? What is the case used for
> Jabberwock in those sentences? Is it the same case as for "The
> jabberwock died"? If so, I'd call that absolutive, and your mystery
> case I would call either ergative or instrumental, either one works
> since it appears to fill both functions.
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