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On Sat, 12 May 2012 12:30:44 -0600, Logan Kearsley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Split-ergative, with ergative agreement and nominative syntax. I would
>not find this at all surprising in a natlang, since morphological
>ergativity is more common than syntactic ergativity anyway.

I wonder how that happens, morphology basically being calcified syntax.  Why and how would a language switch from accusative to ergative in already morphological phenomena?

Alex