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Re: Split-Ergativity Madness

From:Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>
Date:Friday, October 5, 2001, 16:21
On Thu, 4 Oct 2001 13:43:52 -0400, Amber Adams <amber@...> wrote:

>A couple of people have pointed out that it's Iranian (IE), so I'm going >to guess, then, that the relation between Hindi and Kurdish is the reason >they share this feature. I wonder if any of the other IE languages of this >general part of the world have ergativity oddities? Farsi, etc... >Anyone know? > >Of course, if not, it could just be a coincidence. ;)
AFAIK, all or nearly all of the modern Indo-Iranian langs either are or once used to be (split or non-split) ergative. Still can be a coincidence (since Sanskrit and IIRC Avestan are not ergative). Basilius