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Introvertive verbs

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Monday, July 15, 2002, 14:42
Greetings, fellow conlangers. Here is your periodical serving of Ebisedian
tidbits from me.

Over the weekend, I *finally* figured out the inflectional rules for the
introvertive domain in verbs. Ebisedian verbs have 3 "domains". The
(currently) most common one is the physical domain, which describe
physical events. The introvertive domain describes actions that are
introverted, or psychological.

Many verbs occur in multiple domains. I thought people might be interested
in the relationship between the different domain forms of a verb. Here are
some examples:

1) le's ['l&s] phys. v., "to go", "to come", "to move".
   la'zi ['lazi] introv. v., "to change the topic of conversation", "to
        ponder a particular matter in a cursory, exploratory way".

2) kheja're [x&'dZar`&] phys. v., "to kill", "to cause to die".
   gh3ja'ri [G@\'dZar`i] introv. v., "to hate", "to wish death to", "to
        premeditate the death of".

3) fa't3 ['Fat@\] phys. v., "to see", "to appear", "to be seen".
   va'ti [\Bati] introv. v., "to realize", "to perceive", "to be

4) ta'ma ['tama] phys. v., "to speak".
   da'mi ['dami] introv. v., "to think", "to speak to oneself", "to

5) p0'ju ['pAdZu] phys. v., "to stop", "to cease", "to interrupt".
   po'ji ['podZi] introv. v., "to hesitate".

It might be interesting to note that, because of the metaphorical nature
of the introvertive domain when applied to physical verbs, Ebisedian can
have very fine distinctions between psychological processes. For example,
if one is sitting down and thinking over things, one would be _li'zy_
(incidental perfective of _la'zi_)---the connotation being that he is
exploring, moving around, in the psychological domain.

But if somebody said something silly, and the listener thinks, "what
nonsense is he speaking?", then the listener is _di'my_ (incid. perf. of
_da'mi)---The connotation being that he is speaking within himself.

And then, to _ke'kh_ is to physically injure, but to _ga'khi_ (introv of
_ke'kh_) is to psychologically injure---either to think harm of someone,
or to injure them with verbal abuse.


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