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Re: Requesting some challenging sentences

From:Carsten Becker <naranoieati@...>
Date:Saturday, October 29, 2005, 12:04

Sorry that I only write now, but I haven't been at home for
the past 5 days -- it was a very spontaneous decision, so no
notification of absence.

On Tue, 25 Oct 2005, 23:38 CEST, Gary Shannon wrote:

 >> fascinating grammar! Would love to see where you go
 >> with this.

Seconded, it's definitely interesting! Did you update it? I
downloaded what you've typed up until then some months ago.

 > Curious that I could get this far on the grammar and
 > never stop to consider transitive verbs!!!  For some
 > reason it never crossed my mind, and yet such simple
 > utterences as "John gave the book to Mary" are pretty
 > convoluted in the basic grammar.

But that's a _di_transitive verb. You can avoid
ditransitives by dative movement. And IIRC applicatives
transform transitive sentences in intransitive ones. I
always forget what applicatives are and what they're
doing :( I only remember Henrik once explaining me it's
approximately the difference between "We speak about
the book" and "We 'bespeak' the book" (note that that's
grammatical in German).


"Miranayam cepauarà naranoaris."
(Calvin nay Hobbes)


Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>