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Re: linguistics questions

From:Michael Poxon <mike@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 12:54
The passive (as such) is not very popular in French (and how can you have a
passive in an intransitive sentence?): one tends to say "on m'a vu" for "I
was seen", or sometimes you employ a reflexive where there is no danger of
confusion. (For instance, you wouldn't say "Il s'est blessé" for "he was
hurt" because it could also mean "he hurt himself (on purpose)"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Campbell Nilsen" <cactus95@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 8:47 PM
Subject: linguistics questions

> Why does the IPA have no symbols for retroflex implosives? > How is the passive voice formed in French? Surely the distinction, at > least in intransitive sentances, needs to be made. > If I put my toungue between my upper lip and upper teeth, I can form > nasals and plosives, and without my tongue, fricatives. Not only are there > no IPA symbols, this POA doesn't even seem to have a name. As it may be > used in a future conlang, this is not good. > > "Define 'cynical'."-M. Mudd > > > > > -- > No virus found in this incoming message. > Checked by AVG. > Version: 7.5.519 / Virus Database: 269.22.1/1352 - Release Date: > 31/03/2008 10:13 > >