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Re: monovalence

From:Amanda Babcock Furrow <langs@...>
Date:Monday, February 20, 2006, 22:11
On Mon, Feb 20, 2006 at 10:49:48AM -0500, Paul Bennett wrote:

> Anyway, I'm having difficulty determining the core argument that makes > up the essence of any given verb. You can dig without a tool, for > instance, but you have to dig *something*, a hole, a grave or a > fortification, or whatever.
My approach to this (and I have given some thought to monovalent-verb-only languages) would be to multiply the number of verbs. If necessary, you could have separate dig-with and dig-a verbs, and when desired, say "He dig-with shovel dig-a hole" or something. Or, go with "dig-a" and use "wield" when you need to reference the tool... Amanda