Bardi variable arguments

I got a nice example of variable argument structure on this most recent field trip. The root ‘fear’ is –jargi-, and it takes an ergative subject and an oblique object. Unless, that is, there’s an infinitival clause, in which case the verb is intransitive and there’s no agreement for an object, just the infinitival clause. Also interestingly, it seems like the arguments of the infinitival clause can’t be fronted. In this, it differs both from other infinitival clauses and from finite clauses. All very intriguing…


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