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Trigger language? (CORRECTION)

From:Josh Roth <fuscian@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 21, 2003, 6:55
In a message dated 1/21/03 1:24:51 AM, Fuscian@AOL.COM writes:

>I didn't state my hierarchy so well. The last part shouldn't be "where >syntactic positions determine case," of course, because many nom-acc, erg, >and tri langs have somewhat free word order. It's really more like "where >case is dependent on status as a subject or object," i.e., correlated in >some >way with the structure of the sentence. Actually you could have two main >groupings, like this: > >Structure-based: > Nom-Acc (English) > Ergative (Basque [fully or partially?]) > Tripartite (Yimas [a Papuan lang], partially) > A, S & O alike (?Tagalog, when trigger is on an NP other than these) > A & S alike, O different (Rushan [a wacko Iranian lang], partially)
I meant of course, A & O alike, S differently. Josh