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On Thu, 4 Oct 2001 13:43:52 -0400, Amber Adams <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>A couple of people have pointed out that it's Iranian (IE), so I'm going
>to guess, then, that the relation between Hindi and Kurdish is the reason
>they share this feature.  I wonder if any of the other IE languages of this
>general part of the world have ergativity oddities?  Farsi, etc...
>Anyone know?
>
>Of course, if not, it could just be a coincidence. ;)

AFAIK, all or nearly all of the modern Indo-Iranian langs either are or
once used to be (split or non-split) ergative. Still can be a coincidence
(since Sanskrit and IIRC Avestan are not ergative).


Basilius