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Re: THEORY: When is a verb not a verb?

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Sunday, January 27, 2008, 22:22
These are what are called in languages like Inuktitut verbal
specifiers.  By themselves, they are not verbs, because you can't
use them like verbs.  When /-hita/ combines with /minan/, the
result is a verb.  A verbal specifier seems like a nice enough
name.  For a discussion in one of my languages, you can go here:


"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison

On Jan 27, 2008, at 2∞14 PM, Paul Bennett wrote:

> On Sun, 27 Jan 2008 16:30:00 -0500, David J. Peterson > <dedalvs@...> wrote: > >> A general reply: Can you show some concrete examples? That's >> the first thing I would look for if I were a field linguist. :) > > For the verbs in question, -m (to be able to use X) and -hīta (to > fetch X (to go and get X from somewhere else))... > > uínlītska /wi:nli~tSkA/ - the Uínlītska language > uínlītskam /wi:nli~tSkAm/ - *"to be able to speak" Uínlītska > intuínlītskam /indwui:nlitSkam/ - I can speak Uínlītska > uínlītskamu /wi:nlitSkamo/ - He can speak Uínlītska > uilī intuínlītskam - I will be able to speak Uínlītska > hafā intuínlītskam - I have been taught (lit. I have been able) > to speak Uínlītska > ú intuínlītskam - I was able to speak Uínlītska > > mínan /mi:nan/ - berries > mínanhīta /mi:nanxi~tA/ - *"to fetch" berries > inmínanhīta /inmi:nanxi~tA/ - I am fetching berries > mínanhītu /mi:nanxi~tu/ - he is fetching berries > uilī inmínanhīta - I will fetch berries > hafā inmínanhīta - I have fetched berries > ú inmínanhīta - I was fetching berries > > > > Paul > > > > -- > Using Opera's revolutionary e-mail client:


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