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Re: Tokana: active? (was Re: Active case-marking natlangs)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg.rhiemeier@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 6, 2001, 22:20
Matt Pearson <pearson@...> writes:

> Jörg Rhiemeier wrote: > > > J Matthew Pearson <pearson@...> writes:
> > > Ne Tsion kaieha > > > the-Abs John-Abs kill-Stat > > > "John is (in a state of having been) killed" > > > > Jan`n dag`n. > > John-OBJ kill-PRES > > If "Jan'n dag'n" means "John is killed/dead", how do you express "John is being > > killed (right now)"?
Oops, I screwed this up! The verb must of course be in the past tense! (There is certainly a way in Nur-ellen to distinguish the different aspects, but I haven't decided on that yet.) "John is being killed (right now)" is indeed expressed by the present-tense example I gave: Jan`n dag`n. John-OBJ kill-PRES Jörg.