Re: Number and noun terminology questions
|From:||Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, February 8, 2004, 7:54|
"Patient nouns", I think, would be concepts like
"prey", "victim", etc, but there seems to be few of
them. French "le blessé" = the injured person.
"Agent nouns" is ambiguous. Does that mean the agent
doing the action in this very sentence only (ex: the
seller has the obligation of...), or the agent whose
usual function is to do this action (the baker, the
postman, Latin rex = the one who rules), or other ?
As to patients nouns, what about nouns representing
the result of an action (French: la déchirure = result
of tearing apart) ?
I don't understand "multal", but as it has been said,
maybe it would be something like a band put together
(a pack of hounds) ?
--- Trebor Jung <treborjung@...> wrote:
> Padraic wrote:
> "I guess if you're going to involve gramatical
> number, you could add singular, plural, dual, paral
> to that list. If you want to get into mathematical
> number, you can add rational, irrational, imaginary,
> What about 'multiples'? And what do 'paral' and
> 'multal' mean?
> And is there such a thing as patient nouns? What are
> some examples?
"Le langage est source de malentendus."
(Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
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