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Re: describing names

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Monday, August 5, 2002, 2:56
> 1. Her name is Mary > 2. Her name is beautiful > > The first sentence tells me her name, while the second > only describes it. But the only difference is the last > word. There is no way to be sure that she isn't called > Beautiful, except that is an unusual name. How do > other languages solve this problem?
First of all, in Tirelat the word for "beautiful" is a verb. Stative verbs like "beautiful" typically come first in the clause. So the distinction goes something like this je -rhadeky jtúlhan Meri her-name is Mary jzhemilhin se je -rhadeky beautiful NOM her-name But {rhadeky}, the word for name, is actually derived from the verb {rhade}, "to call, to name". So a more idiomatic way to say "Her name is Mary" is: t -rhade ni mii mi Meri one-calls DAT her ACC Mary