The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

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Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

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KathTheDragon wrote:Whether you call it a topic marker or an ergative case, it's the exact same development: genitive -> intermediary -> nominative, and I still don't buy it.
I don't really buy it, either! It was just a "raw" idea of mine which I wanted to try out and bring to discussion. In fact, I doubt that there is a connection between the genitive and the nominative like this, be it via an ergative, a topic marker or whatever.
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