Psych Verbs in Ergative Languages

Carol Rosen cgr1 at CORNELL.EDU
Sat May 14 19:23:17 UTC 2005

I have a question about psych verbs in languages with ergative morphology.

English psych verbs, of course, vary a lot in how they treat the
experiencers.  Verbs like remember, forget, fear take the experiencer as
subject, while such verbs as annoy, bother, frighten seem to take the
experiencer as direct object.  In other languages the experiencer often
appears as a dative.

I hope to discover whether any one of these patterns tends to be preferred
in languages with ergative morphology.

I'm grateful not only for data, but also for references to appropriate
sources.  --  With thanks, Carol Rosen

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