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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 >the forest. > >If you negate another part of the sentence, the rest of the sentence >is unaffected: > >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. Andy _________________________________________________________________ MSN Photos is the easiest way to share and print your photos: