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Swahili, Saying, Telling and Applicatives

From:Chris Bates <chris.maths_student@...>
Date:Thursday, December 9, 2004, 10:55
Since Swahili promotes obliques to direct object to handle datives, I'm
surprised that there is an unrelated word for tell. I would have
expected sema + applicative, although tell does look like it is formed
in this way. Is there a verb amba? I actually have the Madan (I think)
Swahili-English dictionary so I guess I can look it up.

> >I know of three in Swahili: >ambia = say to, tell. >ongea = talk >sema = say, speak > >Charlie > > > >


Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>