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Re: Ayeri: How would you name this construction?

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 18:15
Carsten Becker wrote:

> As for whether Ayeri has some use for the regular infinitive, no, it > hasn't > yet. I just forgot to build it in ...
It strikes me as more likely that it's an old form that has fallen into disuse. That excuses everything. But then you need to figure out where it _used to be_ used :-)) Kash also has an infinitive/gerund (-ale) that now only occurs in highly formal speech or written work-- rinjurale leñ yale trafun rakop 'good singing is a difficult art(-form)' malisam rinjurale 'I like singing' vs. malisam (ma)rinjura 'I like to sing'