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Re: describing names

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Sunday, August 4, 2002, 22:10
Quoting Padraic Brown <elemtilas@...>:

Thomas Wier wrote:
> > There are two points to be made here. First, > > different languages often have very different ways > > of indicating the copulative relation. Some, like > > most IE languages and English, use a fully inflected > > verb. Others (like Chinese) never use any copula, > > use invariant particles in the place of verbs, or > > (like Phaleran) use a mixture of these: copulative > > particle in ongoing or habitual actions, fully > > conjugated verb in other aspects. > > You can distinguish in Kerno with the verb "llamar" > (call or name) which couldn't be used with a simple > adjective unless that _were_ her name:
You're right. Lexicalization is almost always a possible route. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier Dept. of Linguistics "Nihil magis praestandum est quam ne pecorum ritu University of Chicago sequamur antecedentium gregem, pergentes non qua 1010 E. 59th Street eundum est, sed qua itur." -- Seneca Chicago, IL 60637