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LINGUIST List 17.2655

Mon Sep 18 2006

Qs: Case/Agreement Systems

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        1.    Pritty Patel, Case/Agreement Systems

Message 1: Case/Agreement Systems
Date: 16-Sep-2006
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
is nominative/accusative.

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

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

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