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Tripartite (was Re: Trigger language?)

From:Josh Roth <fuscian@...>
Date:Friday, January 17, 2003, 17:48
In a message dated 1/17/03 10:06:58 AM, daniel.andreasson@VPC.SE writes:
>Christophe a écrit: > >> I didn't know this name! D'you know an example of tripartite language? > >You'd think I would, wouldn't you? But unfortunately I don't. :P I'm sure >someone on this list can come up with a few examples though.
I think it is the case that most languages that are tripartite are only partially so. I see a reference though to "a group of Australian Aboriginal languages spoken in south-east Queensland which make three-way distinctions for A, S, and P across all NPs." There's also a partially tri. Iranian language, Yazgulyam, and others among Australian and Papuan langs. Yimas, a Papuan language, is partially tripartite, and partially accusative, and partially ergative! Here's an example of it being tripartite: ama-wa-t 1SG.S-go-PERF 'I went.' pu-ka-tay 3PL.O-1SG.A-see 'I saw them.' pu-Na-tay 3PL.A-1SG.O-see 'They saw me.' ************* Josh Roth


daniel andreasson <danielandreasson@...>