Re: Accusative/Ergative/Semantic (was Re: Triggeriness)
|From:||Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, December 17, 2003, 10:22|
Surá nda _Tim May_:
> But this means you could in principle
> have a system (case, say) that's just like an ergative or accusative
> system, but isn't either. In that of the two arguments of a
> transitive verb one patterns with the argument of an intransitive and
> the other doesn't, and this is part of the lexical definition of each
> verb, but there's no correlation between these two formal roles and
> the semantic agentiveness of the arguments.
Ha! To make a verb demand accustivity or ergativity depending on its semantics?
That's great! The idea is stolen and put into refrigerator :))
> This just struck me as a weird and interesting idea, at the time.