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Re: USAGE: Teaching Children

From:Carlos Eugenio Thompson (EDC) <edccet@...>
Date:Thursday, May 4, 2000, 15:08
On Last Metal of Faith of first Red Cat, yl-ruil wrote:

> I've just come across a knotty problem. 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". >
Chleweyish have more than one way to say that. I will glose since I haven't my vocabulary list at hand. {children} {languages} {she} {teaches} {languages} {children} {she} {teaches} {children} {she} {languages} {teaches} {children} {they} {languages} {she} {teaches-them} {languages} {children} {learn} {by-who?} {she} In all examples, it would be semantics which tells that {languages} is not the subject/agent of {teach}, and in the three first examples, {she} is closer to the verb which suggest {she} is the subject/agent. Note that if whe know that {she} is a teacher for children, we could also say: {she} {languages} {children} {teaches} or some other combination. If we drop {languages}, the posibilities are: {children} {she} {teaches} {children} {they} {she} {theaches-them} {children} {learn} {by-who?} {she} Well. {they}, {she} and {-them} are some kin of spacial pronouns. Before we coul use {she} we must say who {she} is and asign a spacial location for she. Sally omá. The <omá> tells that Sally is in the <á> position. Then whe use <ebá> to refere to anything in the <á> position. Then {she} = <ebá>. Then we can use another position for the children, i.e. <é>: {children} omé = {children} {they} And if we use the orientational form of the verb. {teaches}é = {teaches-them} This way, the above examples would be: {children} fonno ebá {teaches} fonno {children} ebá {teaches} {children} ebá fonno {teaches} {children} omé fonno ebá {teaches}é fonno {children} {learn} quo ebá {children} ebá {teaches} {children} omé {teaches}é {children} {learn} quo ebá -- Carlos Th
> > Aredos example: > > dinguatans felgevos hemeliat. > languages-acc children-dat teach-3s. > > Dan > > ---- > Bengesko niamso. > Cursed German. > ---- > Dan Morrison ( <>)