EAK - further thoughts on verbs
|From:||R A Brown <ray@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 12:34|
As you may be aware, I am working on the second page regarding verbs. I
have dutiful worked through impersonal verbs, tenses, aspects and moods.
I have now got to _voice_ and run into trouble - I now realize that I
should have thought about this _before_ dealing with TAM!
It suddenly came to me that the problems I'm getting with handling voice
in a language without inflexions is that I've been assuming (as it is
quite apparent on the first verbs page which is online) that basic EAK
verb is active in meaning. This surely does not make sense in such a
Just as the nouns are indifferent as to case and number (and, of course,
gender), so the verb should be *indifferent as regards voice*. In other
words, for example, the verb στη [ste] should no more mean "to stand
[transitive]" (which is how it is erroneously shown on the 'Verbs: Part
1' page] than it means "to stand [intransitive]" or "to be stood [passive]."
My mistake is now so eminently clear to me that I feel a little foolish
at not realizing it before. It means I now need to revise quite a bit
the page I'm working on and also to change a few things on the verb page
that is already on line.
Oh well - back to the drawing board!
Entia non sunt multiplicanda