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Re: Noun/pronoun split ergativity (was Re: SVO vs SOV [...])

From:Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 14, 2003, 0:02
--- Tim May <butsuri@...>

> This is given as a universal, incidentally (in > _Describing > Morphosyntax_), that the more animate, the more > topic-worthy the > entities denoted by a grammatical category are, > the more likely it is > that that category will behave in a nom/acc > pattern, and the less > topic-worthy the more likely it is to be > erg/abs. This makes sense, > in that topical/animate entities are more > likely to be active agents, > and thus require a marked case for when they > have something done to > them (accusative) while less topical/animate > entities are more likely > to be patients, and require a special case for > when they're agents (ergative).
Interesting - I didn't know this, except intuitively! It does make sense, though. As I've said before, most Talarian words are inanimate (even though by rights many are sensically animate), and usually can not be agents. Such words require special treatment to make them so; I think I decided that a special nominative ending in -am would be used (as opposed to the usual inanimate -ar). Padraic. ===== - Nos côsez yen fin xristianós et trancouil - Côsez-el a Ddon! -- Ill Bethisad -- <> Come visit The World! -- <> .