[Lingtyp] Syncretism between forms encoding source and agent
jbmansfield at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 18:32:23 EDT 2018
Murrinhpatha (non-Pama-Nyungan, northern Australia) offers a neat example
of source / agent syncretism:
"He went from Darwin."
mem-birl kardu nhini-kathu
do.3SG.NFUT-look.around person ANAPH-AGENT
"That person looks around."
The agentive marker is not obligatory. It is often used when one
participant is identified as the actor, in contrast to some other potential
Mansfield, John. *Murrinhpatha morphology and phonology.* Berlin: Mouton,
2019. Chapter 7.
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