On Mon, Jan 20, 2003 at 04:59:37PM +0000, Joe wrote: [snip] > I'd say it's like an Ergative system that has been screwed around with. > I actually like the system. It's pretty clean and quite logical. Your > example (see/look), could be seen as a transitive/intransitive system. > You could say the Originative is the Absolutive and the Receptive the > Ergative, which doubles as a Dative in intransitive sentences. Well, this analysis breaks down once you have sentences like "city(org) I(cvy) go(v) forest(rcp)", which means "I left the city for the forest." > I'd actually say it is a pretty natural system... Heh, well, I created this system as a "logical", or at least, "intuitive" way of "fixing" the asymmetry I perceived in accusative systems. But though it seems so natural, it still seems to defy categorization. T -- Acid falls with the rain; with love comes the pain.