Re: Number and noun terminology questions
|From:||Muke Tever <hotblack@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, February 8, 2004, 9:29|
On Sat, 7 Feb 2004 14:59:43 -0800, Costentin Cornomorus
>> And is there such a thing as patient nouns?
> Sure. "Teacher" etc.
Patient nouns exist, yeah, and sometimes even in forms matching the agent
nouns; for example, |employer, employee| (both from the verb |employ|). I
dont think they're too common in English though; AFAICT in many languages
it's usually formed from past participles of the verb, but in English,
this is more adjective-like than noun-like, except in collective senses
("benefits for teh unemployed"). There are some exceptions, though;
|beloved| comes to mind.
(You could be picky and say these are verb forms, but even the PIE
agent-noun-former -t-r shows up as a verbal form in Skt., so the line is
http://frath.net/ E jer savne zarjé mas ne
http://kohath.livejournal.com/ Se imné koone'f metha
http://kohath.deviantart.com/ Brissve mé kolé adâ.