From: Miguel Carrasquer
>--- In email@example.com, Miguel Carrasquer <mcv@...> wrote:Georgian also marks subjects with the dative case (in verbs of feeling
>> That does not explain why the object is also marked in PIE, nor how
>> intransitive subjects acquired ergative-marking.
>Certainly these are legitimate concerns that you've brought up. The
>hour is late right now, but I'd like to try to address the points
>In many languages, there is redundancy in expressing subjects,
>objects, and/or etc. Some examples: Spanish marks animate objects of
>verbs with the preposition "a"; Georgian often markes objects with
>the dative case (-s[a]);
>As Greenberg kindly pointed out, such a word-order usually meansNot according to universal #966 at
>postpositions and modifiers preceding their heads. One conclusion
>reached from this is that the nominative endings of (late) PIE were
>likely not from an enclitic demonstrative pronoun, since
>demonstratives, being modifiers, would usually (if not always)
>precede their heads...