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Re: USAGE: Teaching Children

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 3, 2000, 1:26
yl-ruil <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.
In Draseléq, it would be a ditransitive construction. The object becomes a complement (called an "i-object", because it's preceded by the particle _i_) and the indirect object takes the "accusative" (note the quotes -- this case is normally used with direct objects): I lethth kuaqs kerr dhidhanthn * languages teach.3s 3sFEM children.ACC (Some uses of _i_ are similar to the French partitives _de, des_.) Ditransitive verbs can also be transitive with i-objects alone (like many verbs where the action does not affect the object directly, esp. the perception verbs): I lethth kuaqs kerr. * languages teach.3s 3sFEM 'She teaches languages.' If there's an ACC object, the i-object is seldom elided; the possible structures are O1VSO2, O1VS, or VS ("She teaches" in general). --Pablo Flores "... When all men on earth think, day and night, about the Zahir, which one will be a dream and which one a reality?" Jorge Luis Borges, _The Zahir_