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Re: USAGE: Teaching Children

From:Doug Ball <db001i@...>
Date:Friday, April 28, 2000, 21:39
>> Dan Morrison wrote: >> -How would your languages say something like "she teaches languages to >> children"? Most of mine would probably use a double accusative, or maybe > put " >> children" in the dative and "languages" in the accusative. This would then >> mean that "she teaches children" would also use the dative for "children". >> >
In Skerre, they would use causative verb 'cause to learn' for 'to teach.' This easily solves the case problem as a secondary object like the children is always in the dative in a causative construction. So the above sentence becomes: U tal xa tiar 0 ehenska je cacakar IMPF she CAUS learn ABS languages DAT children. 'She causes children to learn languages." However, when there is only a single object, the marker is the same as the above with the second object removed. U tal xa tiar je cacakar IMPF she CAUS learn DAT children 'She teaches children' U tal xa tiar 0 ehenska. IMPF she CAUS learn ABS languages. 'She teaches languages.' In fiddling with these sentences, I 'discovered' this difference in the last two sentences. It seems to work, but is this type of alternation realistic? -Doug