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Re: Spanish-related question ((q)SVO ?)

From:B. Garcia <madyaas@...>
Date:Thursday, September 23, 2004, 0:09
On Wed, 22 Sep 2004 11:22:23 -0400, Roger Mills <rfmilly@...> wrote:

> Moi: > This feature is very much like Indonesian "apa", which (1) indicates a > yes-no question--
Tagalog also has a question particle, "ba". In Hiligaynon/Ilonggo, there is also a question particle, "bala". It's generally used when someone is asking a yes/no question. Manugbulong bala siya ? - Is he/she a doctor? profession-medicine (doctor) QUESTION he/she Pilipina ka bala ? - Are you a Filipina/Filipino? Filipino you QUESTION Indi bala ini papel ? - Is this not paper? Not QUESTION this paper In Tagalog it works similarly: Doktor ba si Pedro sa PGH? - Is Pedro a doctor at PGH? Doctor QUESTION trig. Pedro at PGH Pupunta ba si Tess sa Cebu bukas? - Is Tess going to Cebu tomorrow? Going QUESTION trig Tess to Cebu tomorrow Mabait ba si Maria? - Is Maria kind? Kind QUESTION trig. Maria Ba is also used in a tag question to indicate "is it not?" (or less formally, "right?" ): "hindi ba", or often it gets truncated to "'di ba" Maganda ang pelikula, hindi ba? - The movie was good, wasn't it? Beautiful trig. movie not QUESTION May tanong ka, 'di ba? - You have a question, don't you? question you, not QUESTION. I suspect it also works the same way in Hiligaynon/Ilonggo -- Listen Johnny; You're like a mother to the girl you've fallen for, And you're still falling, And if they come tonight You'll roll up tight and take whatever's coming to you next. Slow Graffitti - Belle and Sebastian