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Re: Tagalog & trigger idea: I'd like comments. :)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 17, 2004, 20:43
John Cowan scripsit:

> Tatari Faran is definitely not a trigger language, because all NPs are marked > for syntactic role (instead of all but one). It fronts the focus, but the > focus is not a trigger.
That should be "marked for semantic role", of course. I should add that one way of viewing trigger languages is that the verb is really nominalized and the affix shows how: in which case "give-ACTOR-TRIGGER" really means "is-a-giver", "give-PATIENT-TRIGGER" really means "is-a-thing-given", and so on. -- Dream projects long deferred John Cowan <jcowan@...> usually bite the wax tadpole. --James Lileks