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pro-forms (was: Re: linguolabials)

From:J Matthew Pearson <pearson@...>
Date:Thursday, June 14, 2001, 18:03
Shreyas Sampat wrote:

> What other pro-things are there? Pronouns, of course, are all over the > place. IMO this is possible because a noun tends to be used repeatedly in > a discourse, and so methods are devised to avoid that. On the other hand, > verbs are usually unrepeated for reasonable periods, and so when a proverb > is used it's going to be either in a poetic context or such that the > antecedent's been forgotten, or possibly in a me-too construction.
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", which 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" Matt.


Shreyas Sampat <nsampat@...>