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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. -- Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out. --Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God" John Cowan <cowan@...>


H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>