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Encyclopedia > Tripartite language
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A tripartite language is one that marks the agent, experiencer, and patient verb arguments each in different ways. If the language has morphological case, the arguments are marked as so:

  • the agent is marked with the ergative case
  • the experiencer is marked with the intransitive case
  • the patient is marked with the accusative case

Languages lacking case inflections may indicate case with a fixed word order.

Tripartite languages are rare. Some examples are Indo-Aryan, Wangkumara, and Kalaw Lagaw Ya.



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