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A mixed ergative question...

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Friday, April 12, 2002, 3:04
Coming out of lurk mode briefly to posit a question for y'all folks....

Is there a language, natural or constructed, that has a system like this or
similar? I want this for Tech:

Clauses with active verb: subject = nominative, object = accusative
Clauses with passive verb: subject = ergative, object = nominative
Clauses with reflexive verb: subject = ergative
Clauses with copula as verb: subject = nominative
Clauses with causative verb: subject (causor) = nominative, subject (causee)
= ergative, object = accusative
(The verb changes form when it switches from active to passive, or to
causative or reflexive, but the noun case also does likewise. Tech has free
word order tending toward a basic VSO typology.)

The last type I'm unsure of; should I reverse the cases for the causor and
causee? And what's a better term than "causor" and "causee"?



Garrett Jones <alkaline@...>
Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>