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
: _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.