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The only SIX or FIVE verbs you'll

From:takatunu <takatunu@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 14, 2004, 21:09
Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...> wrote:
David Peterson wrote:
> I do a hunt = I hunt > I do a sleep = I sleep > I am a thoughtful (one) = I think > I am a thoughtful (one) about birds = I think about birds > I not go off of the rock = I don't get off of the rock > I go walking to the hut = I walk to the hut
Tho, when you get situations like that, I really have to wonder if that's the best way to analyze it. Couldn't you instead analyze the phrases "do a hunt", "do a sleep", etc., as verbs, with what's being defined as "do", "be" and "go" being simply derivational morphemes producing verbs from nouns? I wonder if there aren't "nouns" that don't exist outside of the phrases with those 3 verbs?
I agree with you. 'Lookslike these "only three" are simply verbal copulas or classifiers. Sino-Japanese verbs are also made with 3 verbs only as well: "do" (suru), "be" (-de aru/da) and "have" (-ga aru) and yet nobody ever claimed sino-japanese vocabulary has only 3 verbs :-))) µ