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Re: vprtskvni (was Re: average syllables per word?)

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Friday, July 2, 1999, 14:15
Josh Roth wrote:

> In a message dated 7/2/1999 12:41:03 AM, dnsulani@INTERNET-ZAHAV.NET wr=
> > >As to the form, my neighbor didn't understand any word such as > >"vprtskvni". According to your grammars what exactly is the person, > >tense, etc. of this > >form? > >Perhaps the /v/ in /kvni/ is an infix signifying "it". If so, could th=
> >form be > >literary Georgian, as opposed to the "street Georgian" that my neighb=
> >speaks? > > Did you see my email that I sent to the list before?
Sorry, I must have missed it. Lately, I've been too busy, too tired, or (generally) both at the same time to properly follow all the discussions on this list like I want to. :-(
> I don't have a real > Georgian Grammar; I have a phrasebook and a little chapter in _The Conc=
> Compendium of the World's Languages_. It says that third person direct > objects are not marked on the verb, tho others are (as are indirect one=
> any verb without a direct object shown could have an implied object or =
> > Perhaps your neighbor is speaking a non-standard dialect? This could be=
> he doesn't recognize that second "v."
It's possible. My neighbor isn't from the capital, Tblisi, but rather from the countryside.
> > > And, the first person conjugation is signified by an initial "v," which=
> word has. I don't know why your neighbor said the root includes the "v.=
" It's quite possible that either I didn't make it clear as to what I was asking for, or that my neighbor simply didn't understand the concept. Anyhow, thanks for the information about the first "v".
> > > > > ( BTW, could you provide me with the name of your grammar? I've > >been wanting > >to teach myself Georgian for years, and although I've searched all ove=
> >I haven't > >found any grammars for the language!) > > > I have seen a nice big Georgian grammar at a Borders around here, thoug=
h not
> the one I usually go to. If I go there soon, I'll see what it's called.
Thanks. I'd appreciate it.
> Have > you tried any online bookstores? You'll probably find some there.
Of course! <slaps self on head> Oh to be part of the new generation, born to the internet! Old habits die hard! "Finding stuff" to me still means going to a physical place and asking for it. Maybe someday I'll get the hang of this danged newfangled invention called the internet! (Well, I wasn't having much success with my buggy whip : I still can't get my automobile to gallop!) :-) Dan Sulani -- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.