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What is absolutive case?

 

Definition
 

Absolutive case is the case of nouns in ergative-absolutive languages that would generally be the subjects of intransitive verbs or the objects of transitive verbs in the translational equivalents of nominative-accusative languages such as English.

Discussion
 

Absolutive case is less likely to be formally indicated on the noun than ergative case is.

Generic
  Absolutive case is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Anderson, S. 1985 181

 

Crystal 1985 1

 

Andrews, A. 1985 138


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