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Re: Adjective verb compounding

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 11, 2003, 11:39
In li' anyerra-tarah the only difference between a stative operating as a verb
and a stative operating as an adjective, is that the adjective doesn't take
the subject prefix.

nawan a praleyo - Praleyo is dead/has died
lu en rakhe li' buity nawan - oh might I eat the dead fish!

Wesley Parish

On Wed, 11 Jun 2003 05:13, you wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 10, 2003 at 04:58:12PM +0100, Peter Bleackley wrote: > > Does anyone else have a language that uses adjective-verb compounding? In > > Khangaþyagon, when an adjective is used as a predicate, it compounds with > > the verb. > > Well, in Okaikiar, adjectives *are* verbs, and occur most naturally > as predicates: "Zudal kademem."/"The man is wicked.". To use one > attributively you put it in the attributive "mood", thereby avoiding > wordy relative clauses such as "man who is wicked"/"zudal zian > kademem"; you can just say "wicked man"/"zudal kademom". Of course, > Klingon just lets stative verbs follow nouns and thereby function > as adjectives without any extra grammatical marking whatsoever, > but that's typical of Klingon. > > I'm curious, though; what natlangs have verbal adjectives? You mentioned > adjective tenses in Japanese? > > -Mark
-- Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."


Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>Corrigendum, was Re: Adjective verb compounding