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Re: the Deep Structures of Language

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  • Eric Christopherson
    ... Oh! And of course there are languages where NPs aren t marked for S, A, -or- P. I recall a little bit of an example of such a language in _Describing
    Message 1 of 15 , Sep 23, 2013
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      On Sep 23, 2013, at 3:49 AM, Alex Fink <000024@...> wrote:

      > On Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:54:35 -0400, Ph. D. <phil@...> wrote:
      >
      >> On 9/22/2013 9:17 PM, Eric Christopherson wrote:
      >>> On Sep 19, 2013, at 6:05 PM, H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...> wrote:
      >>>
      >>>> Speaking of animacy... I remember the first time I read about MRL
      >>>> languages and wondered how on earth the speakers would be able to make
      >>>> any sense of each other, since there is no way to tell who did something
      >>>> to whom.
      >>> MRL?
      >>>
      >>> All I kind find is "morphology-rich languages"; but that doesn't seem appropriate.
      >>
      >> MRL = Monster Raving Loony; languages which have one form for S and
      >> another for both A and P.
      >
      > http://www.frathwiki.com/Conlang_terminology#Conlang-exclusive_terms updated.
      >
      > Alex

      Oh! And of course there are languages where NPs aren't marked for S, A, -or- P. I recall a little bit of an example of such a language in _Describing morphosyntax_; in that language, it is at least allowed (though I'm not sure if it's preferred) to say "A girl kicked; a boy was kicked".
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