Re: Syntactic Differentiation of Adverbial vs. Adjectival Adpositions
|From:||taliesin the storyteller <taliesin-conlang@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, September 6, 2008, 14:15|
* Logan Kearsley said on 2008-09-05 17:57:34 +0200
> Consider the sentence "I ate the fruit on the table."
> In English, this is structurally ambiguous, because the prepositional
> phrase can apply to the verb or a noun- did I eat fruit which was on
> the table, or did I eat the fruit while I was on the table?
> I think someone mentioned a conlang that has a semantic distinction
> between adverbial and adjectival prepositions; that would be
> interesting to investigate.
In Taruven that sentence would not be ambiguous as either the subject or
the object would have a suffix of their own.