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:
'I saw them.'
'They saw me.'