[Lingtyp] Syncretism between forms encoding source and agent
gil at shh.mpg.de
Sat Jul 21 05:47:57 EDT 2018
In Malay/Indonesian, the ablative "from" is expressed with /dari/. And
in some but not all varieties of Malay/Indonesian, /dari/ is also used
to mark agents, typically, though not exclusively, in "passive" or
More specifically, the use of /dari/ to mark agents is characteristic of
Eastern contact varieties of Malay; I have heard it in, among other
places, Papua, Halmahera, Ambon, Maluku Tenggara and Timor. And it is
also attested in the Kirinda subdialect of Sri Lankan Malay.
(It should be noted that in many such cases, /dari/ is but one of two or
more alternative strategies for flagging agent phrases.)
On 21/07/2018 01:06, Ponrawee Prasertsom wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am exploring research possibilities on the language of motion events.
> Does anyone know of a language that employs the same form (in any
> strategy--case, preposition, syntactic roles etc.) that for coding
> source (the starting point in a motion event, as in: I walked *from*
> my house to school) and agent?
> Related references would also be highly appreciated.
> Ponrawee Prasertsom
> Graduate Student
> Department of Linguistics
> Chulalongkorn University
> Bangkok, Thailand
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