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Re: Go and come

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 22, 2005, 22:34
Stephen Mulraney wrote:

> Mark J. Reed wrote: > > On Fri, Feb 18, 2005 at 07:15:21PM +0100, Jean-Fran�ois Colson wrote: > > > >>Are there natlangs which don't use different words for "go" and "come"? > > > > > > Sure. Russian springs to mind, although I may be misremembering. > > Yep. Slavic language in general, actually. The main contrast here is not > between going and coming, but by "going on foot" versus "going by
> Of course, in these descriptions, "going" is to be understood as including > "coming" :).
I second it. Surely, Russian and/or Ukrainian may be more precise wrt orientation by using directional prefixes with all verbs of motion, but generally speaking, they do not distinguish between "go" and "come" unless you mean "go away" and "come here": _ujti_ vs. _prijti_. Notice the same stem, but different prefixes. -- Yitzik (still alive, but >100 msg behind due to Real Life TM)