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Re: Relative clauses

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 10:57

Keith Gaughan <writes:
>... > In Térnaru, relative clauses can't be directly expressed. Instead, they > need to be transformed into an NP of some kind. A phrase like "The man > who John sees" would become "The man of seeing of/by John". Similarly, > the two sentences you gave would become something like "I know the time > of going of/by you" and "I know the place of going of/by you".
Funny! My Tesäfköm is the other extreme: adjectives do not exist and instead, relative clauses must be used. The language even lacks a possessive construction (e.g. genivite case, construct state, or some particle) but for inalienable possession (my arm), and you need to use, guess what, a relative clause. E.g. 'my father' -> 'the father I descend from'. **Henrik