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What is ergative case?



Ergative case is the case of nouns in ergative-absolutive languages that would generally be the subjects of transitive verbs in the translation equivalents of nominative-accusative languages such as English.


Ergative case is more likely to be formally marked on the noun than absolutive case is.

  Ergative case is a kind of

Crystal 1980 134


Hartmann and Stork 1972 78


Pei and Gaynor 1954 67


Andrews, A. 1985 138

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