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Re: A new, slightly bizaare, conlang

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Thursday, July 21, 2005, 20:51

Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> writes:
>... > It indeed reminds me remotely of the degree of volition system > I have in Old Albic, but only remotely. What regards fluid-S > languages, what the term means is the following: an intransitive > subject is marked like a transitive subject if the verb denotes > an action performed by the subject (as in `The man runs'), but > like a transitive object if it is not (as in `The stone falls'). > Some verbs allow either marking depending on whether the subject > acts out of itself (yes in `My brother arrived yesterday', > no in `Your letter arrived yesterday'). >...
Interesting. And when looking at the causes, 'My brother arrived yesterday' is reflexive: 'Yesterday, my brother's arrival was caused by *himself*' while 'Your letter arrived yesterday' lacks the reflexiveness: 'Yesterday, your letter's arrival was caused.' Of course, this is linked to the difference in volition, but the reflexiveness is funny, I think. (And in a language with a medium voice or similar means, you could have an 'appearance' character of the verb 'to arrive': 'the letter arrived' would lack a cause, so it'd mean: 'the letter appeared in the postbox' :-))). It let's me think about how to implement reflexiveness in my current project S11, where only unary verbs exist, so 'reflexive' would always be a long distance concept. **Henrik