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?