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Re: Voice alterations and temporal dieccis problems

From:Trebor Jung <treborjung@...>
Date:Saturday, February 7, 2004, 19:14

 Voice alterations only alter emphasis of arguments of a sentence. In a certain
conlang, I currently have both. I thought of 'doctor vs. patient' - converses -
and realized things like 'I own a book' and 'A book belongs to me' are the same
thing, except that the latter is 'I own a book' just with emphasis on 'book' (=
'The book is owned by me'), whereas the first sentence emphasises 'I'. If
emphasis alteration will work for verbs, will it work for nouns? Will I be able
to just use emphasis particles instead of verb marking _and_ emphasis
particles? I'm thinking not. And if not, how can I get around this problem? How
can I express 'patient' without an inverse voice?



Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>Voice alterations + Alas, System Restore !