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Re: Trigger systems

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Saturday, December 20, 2003, 13:55
takatunu wrote at 2003-12-20 08:50:57 (+0100)

 > It till strikes me that all so-called "verbs" in this thread are
 > really "substantifs" quoting in English "the one ----ing/ed/ee" in
 > two possible arrangements, namely "There's X's Y" and "Z is X's Y."
 > Can you use these "verbs" as plain nouns?
 > If so, would the nouns mean (i) "the one --ing/ed/ee" or (ii) "the
 > fact of --ing/ed/ee"?
 > If (i) it's an attributive system, if (ii) it's an active (verbal) system.

The former (as I understand it).  It does seem that this is a possible
interpretation of the data.  There doesn't appear to be any lexical or
morphological distinction between nouns and verbs in Tagalog - any
inflection of any root can occupy any of the several syntactic
positions open to content-words.  Or so I've read.  You might find
this paper interesting: