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Re: USAGE: Teaching Children

From:Jim Grossmann <steven@...>
Date:Sunday, April 30, 2000, 23:03
I don't see how "mi nala" qualifies as an adverb in your example.
What makes it an adverb, rather than an argument of the verb?


> The language I'm working on now is very isolating. So:
> te mi nala: ta:tuta:tu i tu kuko: > she PL child give-give ACC the speak
> Here "mi nala:" children is used adverbally to describe ta:tuta:tu.
> te mi nala: ta:tuta:tu. > she PL child give-give
> She teaches child-ly. > She teaches children.
> This is *not* the same, of course, as
> te mo nala: li ta:tuta:tu. > She in child way teach > She teaches childishly.
> You could *also*, I suspect, get away with:
> te ta:tuta:tu i mi nala: > She teaches ACC pl child > The same thing that keeps it from being too ambiguous in English keeps it > from being too ambiguous in whatever I'm going to name it.