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!
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?
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."