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Re: OT: "Science is interesting; if you don't agree, you can fuck off."

From:Douglas Koller <laokou@...>
Date:Thursday, November 15, 2007, 0:09
From: andrew <hobbit@...>

> We can always treat the title as a translation exercise :)
I might well do that.
> In > Brithenig:
> Lla yscient es interessant, s'w ngongwenith rhen, gw phodeth ffudergw
> Now I will have to research to confirm if Brithenig does treat 'fuck > off' as a reflexive. It seems to be normal in Romance languages for > turning transitive verbs into intransitives.
I see what you're saying, but isn't it that reflexives are filling a grammatical slot required by verbs that are obligatorily transitive? English is more flexible in this regard. so I can only think of one example at the moment: At least in my idiolect, you can't say: *"I'm wearing." *Some*thing must go in direct object position. "I'm wearing Vera Wang."; "I'm wearing a tie."; "I'm wearing it." So, while "I'm shaving." is acceptable English, "je rase" is not; you must shave *some*thing. So it's "myself"; "I shave myself." I don't think it renders "raser" intransitive; if anything it makes it defiantly transitive but requiring a D.O. Don't Romance reflexives work kinda sorta like Ancient Greek Middle Voice? Since "I am worn" is odd unless you're being treated as a miniskirt? Kou