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Uralic Negative Verbs (was RE: "to be" and not to be...)

From:Rob Haden <magwich78@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 16:38
On Mon, 27 Mar 2006 00:18:07 +0300, John Vertical <johnvertical@...>

>It just occurs to me that the negative verb of Uralic languages sort of >counters this argument, but I don't know if any of them get by without a >neutral copula. Since they're fairly inflecting & I think mostly pro-drop >too, I'd however suspect not.
Can the Finnish negative verb stand alone? How about the Estonian one? As far as I know, they can't, but I could be wrong. Speaking of which, why does the Finnish negative verb have a weird vowel quality in the 3rd person (_ei_ '(s)he is/does not', _eivät_ 'they are/do not')? Did there use to be a consonant between the /e/ and the /i/? Also, can either language's negative verb inflect for tense? - Rob


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