Imperatives in split-S languages (was Anomaly of the (apparent) Cebuano uvulars and Guarani info request)
|From:||Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, September 19, 2004, 16:46|
On Fri, 17 Sep 2004 17:22:00 -0400,
Trebor Jung <treborjung@...> wrote:
> In the Conlang Collaboration group, Paul Bennett írta: "...let me quickly
> summarise the split-S language Guarani, because it's quite interesting:
> "Transitive verbs ('give', 'steal', 'know') take A and O
> Intransitive verbs ('go', 'remain', 'follow') take S_a
> Quality verbs (used for adjectives) take S_o
> "Transitive and Intransitive verbs may be placed in the imperative. Quality
> verbs cannot."
> This sounds pretty cool!
And it makes sense, as the quality verbs are not about actually *doing*
something. It is the same way in my conlang Old Albic (a fluid-S