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What is ergative case?

 

Definition
 

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.

Discussion
 

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

Generic
  Ergative case is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1980 134

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 78

 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 67

 

Andrews, A. 1985 138


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