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Optatives (Was: Re: Making Lots of Money (no spam!))

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Sunday, June 30, 2002, 23:37
On Sun, Jun 30, 2002 at 07:24:28PM -0400, Nik Taylor wrote:
> Christian Thalmann wrote: > > Bottom Line: Do you guys think that this peculiar sentence structure > > is plausible? "Earning wants-he a lot of money" rather than "Wants-he > > earning a lot of money"? > > I seem to remember reading that only languages that are consistently > verb-final place auxilaries meaning things like "want" after the verb. > Altho, Uatakassi suffixes auxilaries (including "want"). I explain that > as being incorporation, the head verb is actually made into part of the > verb, just as an instrumental *noun* can be incorporated into the verb.
[snip] In Ebisedian, there is not really a verb for "want"; instead, there is a "strong optative particle", _0so'_, which indicates desire, exhortation, or command. So, to want to do something would be rendered 0so' co'mi ... (opt) he ... There is also a "regular optative particle", _oso'_, but in this context it sounds a bit wishy-washy: "I wish I could earn a lot of money". The "weak optative particle", _uso'_, wouldn't make sense in this context: "I really prefer to earn a lot of money, but I won't insist on it." T -- And life still goes on...


Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>