LINGUIST List 16.585
Sun Feb 27 2005
Qs: Lomongo Speakers; Ergativity and Thematic Roles
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Ergativity and Thematic Roles
Message 1: Lomongo Speakers
From: Nikki Adams <nadamsuchicago.edu>
Subject: Lomongo Speakers
I am searching for speakers of a particular language. I'm looking at
Lomongo, and it is difficult to find speakers.
Subject Language(s): Mongo-nkundu (MOM)
Message 2: Ergativity and Thematic Roles
From: Vita Markman <markmaneden.rutgers.edu>
Subject: Ergativity and Thematic Roles
i was wondering if anyone knows any references on the following question:
in ergative (split-ergative ) languages, is the range of theta-roles
assigned to the ergative subject limited at all semantically such that it
must be agentive or could it also be an experiencer? For example, in
english, sentences such as:
(1) and (2) may arguably involve different theta -roles for the subject
(e.g. experiencer vs. agent). Can an ergative subject in (any?/ some?/all?)
ergative languages also be used in a sentence such as (1) where it is
(1) John likes Mary
(2) John hit Mary
i would greatly appreciate any references/ pointers on this issue.
thank you very much,
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