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Re: narethanaal (or 'the ramblings of a deranged linguistics student')

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Thursday, December 13, 2001, 0:56

Roger Mills <romilly@...> writes:
> Henrik Theiling wrote: > > >You can play with this, e.g. `John is not eating.' with the opposite > >marker. :-) (Maybe I'll put a new idiom into the lexicon...) > > Indeed. Though tra/nahan would probably mean 'to fast'.
Really? Well, I'd consider `to fast' to be the normal, maybe emphasized, *negation* of `to eat'. Essentially, `to fast' is `not to eat'. But to do the opposite of eating would surely mean `to vomit' in Tyl Sjok. Maybe `to fast' would be either lexicalised or circumscribed `to eat nothing for religious reasons' (or maybe a wee bit less precise). **Henrik