Ergativity, or traces of it, in N.Am. pidgins? (fwd)
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Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 15:26:49 -0500
From: Dell Hymes <dhh4d at virginia.edu>
As to Chinookan ergativity, not just masculine, but also feminine.
i- for masculine, a- for feminine. Same as transitive object and
intransitive subject. In Wasco, the -k- element after the part of the
pronoun that marks person, number and gender sets apart the transitive
subjects. There are further complications and clever tricks.
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