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Two Questions for OurTongue

From:Rob Haden <magwich78@...>
Date:Monday, July 7, 2003, 2:55
Hey, I have two new questions.  Both deal with the formation of
mediopassive verbs in OurTongue.

1. In Pre-OurTongue, I have a particle wa (or perhaps wâ), which comes from
Proto-Language fha 'come/go around.'  The meaning becomes more
like 'concerning' in Pre-OT, thus its association with pronouns like the

Meî wa dapá.  'Concerning me, (a) hit.' > 'I am hit.'

Does this seem realistic?

2. Later on in the development of OurTongue, I'd like to have a scheme for
deriving mediopassives from actives, using a simple formant -u (from the
above wa).  To do so, it appears that wa has to change from modifying the
pronoun to modifying the verb.  Would such a change be realistic, let alone
possible?  If there is a realistic way to do it, what is it?

- Rob


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