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Re: pro-forms (was: Re: linguolabials)

From:Shreyas Sampat <nsampat@...>
Date:Thursday, June 14, 2001, 19:18
: Tokana has a pro-verb _omia_ "do (so)":
:   Na  nelha ilohfoi, elh ma ifoi         lolhampute omia'
:   she leave tomorrow and I  then(Future) week-DAT   do-so-DEP
:   "She will leave tomorrow, and I will (do so) next week"
: This proverb is derived from _omi_ "thus, so, like this/that, that's how",
: among other uses, functions as a pro-adverbial, and as a pro-clause:
:   Na  nelha ilohfoi, su omi opama
:   she leave tomorrow or so  think-I
:   "She will leave tomorrow, or so I think"
: In this example, _omi_ stands in for _na nelha ilohfoi_ "she will leave
: tomorrow".
: _Omi_ also forms the basis for a number of other pro-adverbials:
:   omaun     "if so, if that's the case"
:   omielh    "in order for that to happen, therefore"
:   omitalh   "because of that, for that reason, that's why"
:   omusna    "instead of that, instead"
I'm such a stupidhead.
I realize that I do have a verb that serves as "do so", but nothing so
interestingly elaborate as this.  I think I'll have to do some research
here. This is all fascinating.