THEORY: Betreft: Re: THEORY: two questions
|From:||Rob Nierse <rnierse@...>|
|Date:||Friday, March 24, 2000, 14:06|
>>> Barry Garcia <Barry_Garcia@...> 03/24 1:20 >>>CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU writes:
>Question number two. I've decided that Doraya verbs need to have some
>sort of agreement with their dependent NPs. However, I'd like to have
>something more original than a simple agreement with the person of the
>subject. Any ideas for something more exotic?
Perhaps the verbs and their subjects could agree in number? In Tagalog,
there are plural forms for the verbs. This according to my book, is not
considered manditory, but it does exist. Basically, the plural forms can
be used when using the plural pronouns, as well as if a group of people or
things does something (like a group of women praying).
Anyway, i think it's exotic. It's different from agreeing with the person
of the subject at least.
Reminds me of some languages in North America that have suppletion
of verbstems depending on the subject being singular or plural .
That would make it even more exotic ;)