Question about head-marked datives

Søren Wichmann soerenw at HUM.KU.DK
Wed Oct 31 14:40:28 UTC 2007

To Enrique Palancar's question a week ago:

Tlapanec, which is related to Otomi, also marks cases on predicates. It has
a dative, which can be called a dative because it does the kinds of things
that a dative usually does, including marking Recipients, mildly affected
Patients, and possession. Interestingly, there is also a type of case which
is a kind of mirror-image of the dative, marking agents involved in events
that involves a mildly affected patient.

The system has already been described in two papers:

Wichmann, S. Forthc. Case relations in a head-marking language: verb-marked
cases in Tlapanec. [For Malchukov, Andrej and Andrew Spencer (eds.), The
Handbook of Case. Oxford: Oxford University Press].

Wichmann, S. 2005. Tlapanec cases. In: Beam de Azcona, Rosemary and Mary
Paster (eds.), Conference on Otomanguean and Oaxacan Languages, March 19-21,
2004, University of California  at Berkeley. Report 13, Survey of California
and Other Indian Languages, pp. 133-145. 
(prepublication, without the typographical errors of the published version).


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