I am trying to find a language which would show the following pattern with respect to agreement/morphological Case:

presence of verb-object morphological agreement yields accusative morphology
absence of verb-object morphological agreement yields no accusative morphology

This pattern would look quite similar to English tense/subjective (or nominative) case:

infinitival clauses yield no subjective case (e.g., For him to win would be surprising)
non-infinitival clauses yield subjective case (e.g., She left yesterday at 6 P.M) 

If such a language has a pattern which resembles tense/case pattern of English but in relation to the accusative, it would also be interesting.

  • If I understand your question correctly, German, which does not have verb-object morphological agreement (subject-verb, yes; verb-object, no), but certainly has lots of accusative morphology on most nouns, pronouns, and adjectives, might be what you're looking for.
    – jlawler
    May 4, 2020 at 1:53
  • @jlawler, mmm no, this is not what I'm looking for. I want to find a language which would show verb-object agreement only when accusative case is realised. Otherwise, i.e., when no accusative is realised, no verb-object morphology is found.
    – Tsutsu
    May 4, 2020 at 9:33
  • OK, so if a language already has V-O agreement, and if it marks accusative case, then you're looking for conditions in that language where agreement fails without an accusative. Can't help you much there; the only languages I ever worked on with object agreement were Mayan, and they're ergative to start with, so no V-O.
    – jlawler
    May 4, 2020 at 14:49
  • @jlawler thank you, but it would be helpful too, is there a such a pattern of case and agreement in Mayan similar to the English above (but related to Object & Verb)
    – Tsutsu
    May 4, 2020 at 14:58
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    I see now. Thank you
    – Tsutsu
    May 4, 2020 at 20:02


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