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Re: Swahili, Saying, Telling and Applicatives

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Thursday, December 9, 2004, 12:45
Chris Bates wrote:

> 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.
My Kamusi ya Kiswahili Kirusi says: -amba (poet., rare) to speak (usu. bad about sb); recip. -ambana; pas. -ambwa; dir. -ambia to tell, to inform; dir.-recip. -ambiana; dir.-stat. -ambilika; double dir. -ambilia to talk much -- Yitzik