accusative and ergative languages

Larry Trask larryt at
Mon Aug 9 09:11:25 UTC 1999

On Tue, 3 Aug 1999, Miguel Carrasquer Vidal wrote:


>> Even the great
>> Otto Jespersen, to cite just one name, believed in primitive languages
>> and in absolute progress in grammatical systems.  But nobody believes in
>> this stuff today.

> Except, apparently, Bernard H. Bichakjian.

Indeed.  I was forgetting about Bichakjian.

Larry Trask
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH

larryt at

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