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Re: Sundry thoughts (was: Re: THEORY nouns and cases)

From:Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Date:Thursday, April 29, 2004, 20:56
John writes:

>Right. I was using the word "front" merely in the sense of "bring to >the front", without any connotation of special semantics. My contention >was that you *cannot* use "ba" to bring just any old direct object to >the front.
I had heard it said by some older Taiwanese that during the Japanese occupation and under the influence of the Japanese language, one could sometimes hear unwieldy Chinese sentences like: Wo ba dianshi kan le. = Watashi wa terebi o mita. Blech. Don't know if those folks were blowing the smoke of urban legend or if said influence has been expunged since the Japanese hightailed it home, but I never, thankfully, heard such things during my stay. Makes my flesh crawl and speaks to your point above. Kou