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Re: aspects / nasal consonants / meanings

From:Carsten Becker <naranoieati@...>
Date:Saturday, March 12, 2005, 9:47
On Friday 11 March 2005 01:44 +0100, Doug Dee wrote:

> According to RMW Dixon in _Australian Languages_, in some > languages, manner adverbs agree with the subject of the > sentence in case (i.e., the adverb is marked as ergative > or absolutive), and in others, the adverbs agree with the > verb in transitivity.
And I thought that'd be a unique trait of Ayeri because I've always thought it'd be too nonsensical to mark adverbs for the case and number of the noun/pronoun their head verb refers to: | Sira ming agiaiyâng nuban mantingin. | TRG:P can play.3sg.A A.good lute.TRG | | She can play well the lute. So it's just another anadewism. Besides, in the example above it would not be clear whether _ban_ is an adjective or an adverb: Either it could mean that "she" is good/nice or that she does her job well. If you said: | Layráng sira ming agiaiyà nuban matingin. | girl.A TRG:P can play.3sg A.good lute.TRG it'd be clear that the girl can play the lute well. If you meant to say the "nice girl" is able play the lute, you would say: | Layráng nuban sira ming agiaiyà matingin. | girl.A A.good TRG:P can play.3sg lute.TRG Carsten -- Edatamanon le matahanarà benenoea ena 15-A7-58-12-2-1-44 ena Curan Tertanyan. »