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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'. Bfowol