Forms of Negativity (was: A question and introduction)
|From:||Andy Canivet <cathode_ray00@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, June 16, 2002, 17:54|
>From: Rune Haugseng <haugrune@...>
>Yes - if you negate the subject, you negate the whole sentence:
>1) Kalha nulha bonudawel zalkale?
> kalha nul-ha bonu-daw-le zalka-le
> travel-to.Pt Ques-Pt man-that-NDSg forest-NDSg
> Was that man going to the forest?
> Kalha bonudawule zalkale.
> kalha bonu-daw-hule zalka-le
> travel-to.Pt man-that-NegDSg forest-NDSg
> That man was not going to the forest.
> (No (that man) was going to the forest)
>The man might be going somewhere else, or nowhere at all, but not to
>If you negate another part of the sentence, the rest of the sentence
>2) Kalha bonudawel nul?
> kalha bonu-daw-le nul
> travel-to.Pt man-that-NDSg which
> Where was that man going?
> Kalha bonudawel zalkahule.
> kalha bonu-daw-le zalka-hule
> travel-to.Pt man-that-NDSg forest-NegDSg
> That man was not going to the forest (but somewhere else).
> (That man was going to no (the forest).)
>The man is not going to the forest, but is definitely going *somewhere*.
Oh - interesting - I think that was half of my earlier confusion - I was not
making the distinction between negating subjects and objects. I think I'll
have to think a whole lot more about what Komahren does - I haven't really
gotten to negation yet.
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