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Some weird verbs in Ayeri

From:Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>
Date:Sunday, October 14, 2007, 19:37

Yes, it's me ... I haven't been reading the list for about
10 weeks or so, but anyway. I have a question about a
certain group of verbs in Ayeri that I don't know how to
categorize. The verbs in question are _no-_ 'to want',
_mea-_ 'shall', _kila-_, 'may', _rua-_, 'must', _ilta-_ 'to
need', _vaty-_ 'to like', and _ming-_ 'can'. Most of these
are typical modal verbs in English, but see here:

First your friendly verb from next door:

(1)  Sa      silv-yang    va -Ø
     FOC=PAT see -1sg.AGT 2sg-FOC
     "I see YOU."

And now one of the verbs from above, but regular(ized):

(2a) Le           no  -yang    kanka-Ø.
     FOC=PAT.inan want-1sg.AGT milk -FOC
     "I want MILK." (as said e.g. by an impatient child)

And now more polite:

(2b) Pinyan, le      no   tah -ong -yang    kanka-Ø  -kay.
     please  FOC=PAT want have-SUBJ-1sg.AGT milk -FOC-bit
     "I'd want to have a bit of MILK please."

And yet another example:

(3)  Pa-  sara-yang    tor  -yam.
     FUT1-go  -1sg.AGT sleep-PTCP
     "I'll go to sleep in a moment."

So as you can see, in (2b) not the modal/auxiliary verb is
conjugated here like in English, French or German, but the
content verb is. So what should I call this closed class of
verbs I listed above then given that all other verbs work
like in (3) when used as modal verbs? Or is my analysis
maybe wrong?

Thanks for your help,

Tingraena, Nankyu 1, 2317 ya 03:30:44 pd
Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 09:37:13 pm


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>