LINGUIST List 16.585

Sun Feb 27 2005

Qs: Lomongo Speakers; Ergativity and Thematic Roles

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        1.    Nikki Adams, Lomongo Speakers
        2.    Vita Markman, Ergativity and Thematic Roles

Message 1: Lomongo Speakers

Date: 24-Feb-2005
From: Nikki Adams <>
Subject: Lomongo Speakers


I am searching for speakers of a particular language. I'm looking at
Lomongo, and it is difficult to find speakers.



Linguistic Field(s): Language Description

Subject Language(s): Mongo-nkundu (MOM)

Message 2: Ergativity and Thematic Roles

Date: 25-Feb-2005
From: Vita Markman <>
Subject: Ergativity and Thematic Roles

Dear all,

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,
-vita markman.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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