Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

OT: A couple of points of terminology.

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Sunday, September 1, 2002, 16:25
As I mentioned in another post, I was reading this paper on
_Symmetrical Voice Systems and Precategoriality in Philippine

and there're a couple of terms I don't understand.  Naturally, I turn
to the vast collective knowledge of linguistics present on conlang.

First, it refers to core arguments as those which are "subcategorized"
by the verb.  I don't understand this.

Secondly, what's "applicativization" as used in the following

| It is true that many languages (e.g. Bantu) allow non-subcategorized
| arguments to assume NOMinative case in passives, but they do this
| first via applicativization which makes the non-subcategorized
| argument a CORE NP of the verb and then by passivization which allows
| it to assume NOMinative case, as in this Indonesian example:


Incidentally, if you find that paper interesting, there's another one
on the same site arguing against some of its conclusions: