ergative


er·ga·tive

adjective \ˈər-gə-tiv\

Definition of ERGATIVE

:  of, relating to, or being a language (as Inuit or Georgian) in which the objects of transitive verbs and subjects of intransitive verbs are typically marked by the same linguistic forms; also :  being an inflectional morpheme that typically marks the subject of a transitive verb in an ergative language

Origin of ERGATIVE

Greek ergatēs worker, from ergon work
First Known Use: 1939

Rhymes with ERGATIVE

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