LINGUIST List 14.2025

Tue Jul 29 2003

Qs: Ergative/Accusative Case; A. H. Genko

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  1. walter spitz, ergative case marking
  2. El Instituto Europa de los Pueblos, Tsakhur language

Message 1: ergative case marking

Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2003 23:19:57 +0000
From: walter spitz <>
Subject: ergative case marking

Can anybody tell me the names of any languages (and relevant sources)
wherein the 'ergative' case marking is also used for the 'accusative'?
Other conflations such as ergative/genitive or ergative/instrumental
are of course much more common. One language I know to make this
conflation is Hiligaynon (Philippine), where *sang* marks ergative in
ergative patterns and accusative in accusative patterns, e.g.:

(a) nagsulat ang babaye sang libro (sang=acc)
 'the woman wrote the book'

(b) ginsulat sang babaye ang libro (sang=erg)
 'the woman wrote the book'

(c) ginsulate ang libro
 'the book was written'

Any info would be appreciated. Thanks. 
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Message 2: Tsakhur language

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 10:00:49 +0200
From: El Instituto Europa de los Pueblos <>
Subject: Tsakhur language

Dear Colleagues,

Please, can anyone tell me the full name and dates of birth and death
 (only years) of A. H. Genko, who in 1934 devised a latin alphabet.

 Yours faithfully,
 Javier Ruiz de Aguirre
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