Re: Katanda/Nasendi (was Re: basic morphemes of a loglang)
|From:||Paul Roser <pkroser@...>|
|Date:||Monday, December 1, 2003, 16:03|
On Sun, 30 Nov 2003 20:40:40 -0500, Robert Jung <RobertMJung@...>
> No, I did not mean it that way. I meant that Latenkwa marks the
> argument structure on the verb, so you distinguish 'to speak' and
> 'to say/to tell' with a suffix (in this case) since you say 'He-NOM
> spoke about the problem-DAT' but 'He-NOM told the joke-ACC to us-DAT'.
> Know what I mean? Having suffixes for different semantic categories,
> although interesting, is kind of redundant - if it was all that
> important the word would be a compound.
Redundancy is not necessarily a bad thing. IIRC, Morneau designed
designed it this way becuase the intended use of the language is
as an interface between natlangs and computers
>BTW, Does 'nominative' mean 'being a noun' or 'non-accusative case'?
Pretty sure he means 'non-accusative'.