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Re: Inverse case?

From:Jeff Rollin <jeff.rollin@...>
Date:Monday, July 2, 2007, 22:29
In the last episode, (On Monday 02 July 2007 23:11:09), Jeff Rollin wrote:
> Hi all > > You've probably heard of "inverse number", where the marked form for each > noun is the /unusual/ number for that noun: e.g. in a language where there > is a dual number, the dual for "two eyes" would be unmarked, and the > singular and plural would be marked, i.e. > > Sing. Dual Pl. > > komo ko komo > > Conversely, the word for "grass" would be marked in the singular (i.e. "a > blade of grass) and dual and unmarked in the plural: > > Sing. Dual Pl. > > lolomo lolo lolo > > I'm thinking about a language in which nouns are split into two classes, > human and non-human, and in which human nouns in patient roles take a > suffix, and non-human nouns in agent roles take the same suffix, e.g. > > uyama voso ndundu "The dog bit the man" > > uyama vosok ndunduk "The man bit the dog" > > iyaman voso panek "The man will eat the bread" > > iyaman vosok pan "The bread will eat the man" > > Jeff
Ahem. And that's wrong too. Really shouldn't post when tired. Nevertheless: iyaman voso pan "The man will eat the bread" iyaman vosok panek "The bread will eat the man" asofo pan coto "The woman cooks the bread"* asofo pan vosok "The man cooks the bread"** asofo panek vosok ta cotok "The bread cooks the man and the woman" * Culturally normal **Culturally taboo Jeff -- "Please understand that there are small European principalities devoted to debating Tcl vs. Perl as a tourist attraction." -- Cameron Laird