The trigger alignment is the Austronesian alignment. They are the same thing.Nloki wrote: ↑22 Dec 2019 12:35I'm mixing up the differences between trigger and austronesian alignments I think.
The following code lines is what I have in mind for it:For example in the sentence Hazë burkhta dakhtsvi "The elder hit my dog" I wouldn't provide any affix for the agent voice since the topical agent itself is a human noun, rather in Burxin hasta njahaksu, "My dog bit the elder" in the same voice, the infix -ak- is added for the sake of emphasizing that the dog, a non-human, has bitten the elder, a human. And I don't even know what to do with inanimates...
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TOPIC VOICES Animate Inanimate ↓ Human Non-Human Agent -∅- -ak- Whatever Patient Instrument Lative Locative Adessive Essive Comitative etc.
I have no clear idea of how is it supposed to work, what should I provide affixation for and what not, so I'm quite confused. When I read that Ayeri swaps affixes between case and voice slots for its trigger alignment system I didn't mean it to be this intrincate... Help please.
There are 2 problems with your description:
1. You are merely using animacy as a gender/class, not as a split. This is a simple thing to resolve, but the bigger problem is number 2.
2. Your sentences are highlighting a focus system, not the trigger alignment. Focuses are independent of triggers, but triggers can take some focusing properties. If that's all your affix is doing, then it's usually not a voice/trigger affix (yet).
[Additional self-check: Can you not use the infix to not emphasise the dog?]
However, this is only the initial assessment. If you provide more examples, perhaps your lang really does exhibit animacy splits with the Austronesian alignment.
Ways to move forward: If you like how animacy works as you showed, then it's not a split; Otherwise, change it to a split. Also, decide if you want to use a focus system or not; If yes, ensure that your focuses are also triggers, because if not then this lang wouldn't have the trigger alignment.