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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.
-- Yitzik