Day: October 27, 2015

What is an ergative-absolutive language?

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Posted in categories: General Language, Linguistics

Ergative languages are a very hard thing to wrap your head around, if you don’t speak one. A *very* crude way to explain it is: verbs look like they’re passive by default: I am slept.I am killed by the enemy. If you’re just sitting there, including having something done to you, you’re the subject.  (Absolutive […]

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