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Re: Itakian 'to have'(was Re: Varon)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Friday, January 25, 2002, 14:25
En réponse à Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>:

> > > > So Itakian is really basically the same, since it replaces copular > sentences by > > nominal sentences :)) . > > Haha! Well actually, the copula in Fukhian can also be left out... > (Maybe I was too young at the time of planning to dare to throw it out > completely.) >
:))) I know what it is :)) . My first languages all had "to be" (and moreover as a regular verb :) ).
> > I don't know how many cases you have in Itakian, but Fukhian has ten > (or so) and each one makes a different meaning.
Itakian doesn't have cases. It's a trigger language (why make things simple when you can make them complicated :))) ). Phrases other than the trigger are marked by prepositions. Prepositional phrases are also used in nominal sentences, for the predicate, but can also for the subject :))) . The result may be quite complicated :)) . I still have to study this part though, to see what range of meanings nominal sentences have. [snip interesting list] I have the same with the locative prepositions, and 'uo/: with is used for possession (but it can be used with the possessor or (XOR :)) ) with the possessed. Since both terms must be of a different class and only the higher class can possess the lower class, there's no confusion possible).
> > Fukhian has a suffix for negation that can be attached to verbs and > nouns. Further, verb endings can be attached to the first word in a > sentence if no other verb is present (ie., if the copula is left out), > so the whole thing gets a bit weird... :-) >
:)) . I have kind of the same thing: there are no independent pronouns, only affixes. So when you need to use pronouns in nominal sentences, you have to use a lexical item (some word like "heart" or "soul" or "body") and add possessive affixes to it. Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.