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The meaning of Ergative


Ergative – definition


Relating to or denoting a case of nouns (in some languages, e.g. basque and inuktitut) that identifies the doer of an action as the object rather than the subject of a verb.

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An ergative word.

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In this language, the ergative is simply the oblique stem of the noun.

Used to refer to a verb that can be transitive (= used with an object) or intransitive (= used without an object), with the object of the transitive verb used as the subject of the intransitive verb. for example, close is an ergative verb (i closed the door| the door closed)

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Ergative verbs are both transitive and intransitive., a sentence in which the main verb is ergative…

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에르거티브, 능동격의, 능동격

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Эргативный, Эргатив

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Word origin

1950s: from Greek ergatēs ‘worker’ (from ergon ‘work’) + -ive.

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