LINGUIST List 14.1529

Wed May 28 2003

Qs: Papiamentu Speakers; Word Order/Ergative Langs

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  1. Klaus Abels, Papiamentu informants
  2. Jose-Luis Mendivil, Qs: three correlations

Message 1: Papiamentu informants

Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 23:36:24 +0000
From: Klaus Abels <klaus.abelsuconn.edu>
Subject: Papiamentu informants

Dear colleagues,

I am trying to check a claim from the literature about comparative
clauses in Papiamentu. Unfortunately, I do not have access to native
(or non-native for that matter) informants. If anybody on this list
could be helpful in my quest for native Papiamentu informants, I would
deeply appreciate your help.

Thank you very much in advance


Klaus Abels




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> Klaus Abels
> University of Connecticut
> Dept. of Linguistics U-1145
> 337 Mansfield Road
> Storrs, CT
> 06269 - 1145
>
> e-mail: klaus.abelsuconn.edu
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Subject-Language: Papiamentu; Code: PAE 
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Message 2: Qs: three correlations

Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 16:13:44 +0200
From: Jose-Luis Mendivil <jlmendiunizar.es>
Subject: Qs: three correlations


Dear linguists:

I've read here and there (although I don't remember where exactly) 
that the following three correlations are correct:

a) OV languages show object agreement more usually than VO languages
b) Most ergative languages display OV order
c) Most ergative languages show object agreement

I would like to know if these three statements (or any of them) are 
actually true and, if so, where could I find supporting statistical 
data.

(Bonus: Of course, if you have an idea (or theory) about why these 
facts should be so -if they are at all-, I would be glad to know it).

I will post a summary of the responses.

Thank you very much in advance,

Jose-Luis Mendivil
University of Zaragoza (Spain)
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