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[ZBB] Non-core-case pronouns as S in intransitive constructions?

From:Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 21:34

As indicated in the header, this is a crossposting from the ZBB¹:

> Ayeri has kind of a Fluid-S alignment with regards to which > cases/roles can act as S in transitive sentences. Up to now however > intransitive sentences have been restricted to S=A (≙ active voice) > and S=P (≙ passive voice), but looking at my conlang's rather large > pronoun table² I wonder whether the non-core-case pronouns (in this > case the columns after "Patient" although I reckon the > Benefactive/Dative as core case) could be used just as well, and which > outcome that might have both semantically and syntactically. Are > constructions like > > Vukyayā. > Vukya-yā > stare-1S.LOC > > or > > Narayasa. > Nara-yasa > talk/speak-3SM.CAU > > possible and sensible in other languages natural or constructed, and > if so, how would they be interpreted? Are there any papers or > Wikipedia articles on this topic (I bet there are)? I could imagine > the above example sentences to be used as eliptic answers to > questions, like "I did." in English, but certainly there are other > uses as well?
Regards Carsten ¹) ²)


David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>