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Mon Sep 18 2006
Qs: Case/Agreement Systems
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Message 1: Case/Agreement Systems
From: Pritty Patel <pritty_keraihotmail.com>
Subject: Case/Agreement Systems
I am a student at UCL and am working on case/agreement mismatches. I am
currently looking for languages which may have one of the case/agreement
systems given below:
Language Type Case Agreement
Imperfective Perfective Imperfective Perfective
Type 1 erg/abs erg/abs erg/abs nom/acc
Type 2 erg/abs nom/acc erg/abs nom/acc
Type 3 erg/abs nom/acc erg/abs erg/abs
In language type 1, the case pattern is ergative/absolutive regardless of
the aspect. In the imperfective, the agreement pattern is
ergative/absolutive but in the perfective, the agreement pattern is
In language type 2, there is a split in both the case and agreement system.
In the imperfective, both the case and agreement pattern are
ergative/absolutive. In the perfective however, the case/agreement pattern
In language type 3, the split is absent from the case system but present in
the agreement system. in both the imperfective and perfective aspect, the
agreement pattern is ergative/absolutive. In the the perfective, the case
pattern is nominative/accusative, and in the imperfective, ergative/absolutive.
If you know of a language which may have one of the above case/agreement
systems, I'd be grateful if you could let me know.
With best wishes --Pritty Patel
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