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Re: Bi-objective Prepositions & betweeness.

From:Alex Fink <a4pq1injbok_0@...>
Date:Monday, January 5, 2004, 22:31
On Fri, 2 Jan 2004 09:35:41 -0600, Caleb Hines <cph9fa@...> wrote:

>Anyone have any insights on this technique, know a better way to do it, or >know of other prepositions that behave like this ('amongst' would probably >be one). Also, are there any natlangs that might have a funny way to >express 'between-ness'.
Well, when I first realized John Cowan's loglangy insight a few years ago, I came up with the following: pjaukra has two syntactically similar prepositions <der> 'between' and <nen> 'across, beyond, on the other side of' (if there are three things X Y Z in a line, then Y is between X and Z, and Z is across Y from X). Both of them only take one object: 'between X and Z' is rendered <der X ka Z> 'between X from Z', and 'across Y from X' is rendered as, well, <nen Y ka X> 'across Y from X'. In both cases the 'from' part can be omitted, in which case it is understood to be the location of the speaker, so <der X> alone is 'between X and me, in front of X (from my perspective)'. So <der X an Y>, literally 'between X and Y', would be understood as 'in front of both X and Y'. Alex