[Lingtyp] terminological question about intransitive verbs
christian.lehmann at uni-erfurt.de
Sat May 15 10:28:49 UTC 2021
thanks for your suggestions.
> I assume you don't want to use actor/undergoer-focused because of the
> various (potentially conflicting!) uses in information structure.
> What about actor/undergoer-directed?
This may be a good choice. Maybe better than "agentive/patientive",
because what is meant are macro-roles rather than roles.
> Also, I noticed you didn't mention the more abstract designation
> rather than terms, e.g. Sₐ vs Sₚ. Was there a reason for that?
> Comrie's (possibly predated, I didn't check who first came up with it)
> method was to list the different pairs of terms used and then prefer
> Sₐ vs Sₚ.
I don't know whether these abbreviations have been used as attributes,
like "an Sₚ verb". Anyway, I would not use them in the present case
since the language I have to describe (Cabecar) is full of ergative
constructions, and use of the notion S (subject) would imply an undue
Prof. em. Dr. Christian Lehmann
E-Post: christianw_lehmann at arcor.de
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