Re: Tagalog & trigger idea: I'd like comments. :)
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 21, 2004, 1:32|
H. S. Teoh scripsit:
> I agree. If we drop the expectation that voice systems should have one
> predominantly preferred voice, and that "active" and "passive" are a
> necessary subset of the voices, then Tagalog fits the mold quite well.
Well, the trouble is that almost all voice systems are about demoting a
particular NP role to non-core (passive, antipassive) or making it
impossible altogether (some kinds of middle). There are systems with
an inverse voice, but they're rare. So if Tagalog has a voice system,
it's a very atypical one.
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--Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
John Cowan <cowan@...>