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Re: The topic marker -'e'

David Trimboli ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']

Tracy Canfield wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 1:40 AM, Tracy Canfield <> wrote:
>>> mIS puq
>>> "puq" is the subject, but it isn't an agent.
>> Why not?
> Because "agent" is specialized linguistic terminology that means
> something other than "subject".  It's part of a classification system
> called thematic roles - often called theta roles - that's used by
> linguists to describe the semantic roles noun phrases play in
> sentences and distinguish them from the syntactic roles.  This isn't
> an English-specific system; it's used cross-linguistically.

Tracy is correct. An agent is a noun that carries out an action. An 
*experiencer* is a noun that receives sensory or emotional input. I 
think {puq} in {mIS puq} is an experiencer.

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