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Re: Applicatives (was Re: Requesting some challenging sentences)

From:Patrick Littell <puchitao@...>
Date:Saturday, October 29, 2005, 17:34
On 10/29/05, Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote:
> Apparently, there are languages with inflectional applicatives in Africa and > the Americas, but I don't know much about them. >
I found this in an old post of mine, about relativization: --------------------- Kinyarwanda only allows relativization upon subjects and objects, so in Yohani yanditse ibaruwa n-ikaramu Jown wrote letter with-pen. you can't relativize upon "pen". But there's a sort of applicative voice that will realize the instrument as an object like so: Yohani yandikishije ikaramu ibaruwa. John wrote pen letter. And so now you can relativize pen: Nabonye ikaramu [ Yohani yandikishije ibaruwa ]. I saw pen [ John wrote letter ]. "I saw the pen with which John wrote the letter". This example is from the aforementioned Comrie [1989]. -- Patrick Littell PHIL101: W 6:00-8:50 Voice Mail: ext 744 Fall 05 Office Hours: W 5:00-6:00, by appointment