Nik Taylor wrote: > J Matthew Pearson wrote: > > I know a bit about ergativity, and it seems weird to me too. In my > > conlang Tokana, which is sort of ergative > > (cf. the recent thread on active languages), the linking verb, > > equivalent to "be" in English, takes two absolutive arguments. > > Well, Arabic uses accusative for the "object" of "to be" (i.e., treating > it as if it were a typical verb), so if that's possible, why wouldn't > ergative be possible as the subject of "to be"? Because "to be"--insofar as it's a verb at all--is an intransitive verb. Matt.