Quoting Joe <[log in to unmask]>:

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> From: "Andreas Johansson" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Friday, August 15, 2003 7:15 PM
> Subject: Re: Ergativity

> > Does this mean that there are purely accusative languages around?
> English seems pretty pure accusative.  I don't know enough about Ergative
> languages to give an example of one of them, but from what I've heard,
> Basque is a good example of a pure Ergative lang...

"This soup sells well" et sim have been quoted as proof that English is part-