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Re: The "If you call me insane again..." page, at long last!

From:J Matthew Pearson <pearson@...>
Date:Monday, July 23, 2001, 5:11
> "If you call me insane again I'll eat your other eye!"
In Tokana, this would be: Aun niokta'u taksa' me ia tsumpatinmu, ma iasat iap innaku Here, <a'> should really be an <a> with an accent mark over it. The interlinear: aun niokt-a-a=u taks-a-a if do.again-NP-DEP=you(NA) call-NP-Dep me ia tsumpatinm-u me(ABS) QUOT unbalanced-NZN ma ias-a=t iap inna=ku I(NOM) eat-NP=the(ABS) other eye=your(NA) ABS - absolutive DEP - dependent order NA - non-absolutive NOM - nominative NP - non-past tense NZN - nominalizing suffix QUOT - quotative particle This is literally, "If you repeat calling me 'unbalanced one', I eat your other eye". The dependent order is a special verb form used in subordinate clauses, including "if" clauses and the complements of verbs like _niokta_ "return, recur; repeat". The quotative particle is used to introduce an epithet or direct quotation. It is used with verbs like _taksa_ "call, name" to introduce the name itself. Matt.