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On Thu, Jan 29, 2004 at 05:34:50PM -0500, [log in to unmask] wrote:
> H. S. Teoh scripsit:
>
> > Note that the pronoun "you" here isn't marked as subject the way an
> > accusative mindset would have it; rather, the subjective marking is on the
> > object of the imperative verb. This is because Tamahi places the
> > subjective marking on the noun of interest ("garden") rather than what
> > would be the subject of the sentence in an accusative context.
>
> This is either a topic marker ("as for the garden, look at it"), or a
> focus marker ("it's the garden you should look at"); I can't tell which
> from your description.  Calling it a subject just makes things confusing.
[snip]

You're right, it's more of a topic/focus marker than a subject marker. I
guess I'll just have to steer clear of accusative terminology. :-P


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