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Re: A Survey

From:JS Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 30, 2003, 4:47
Rob Haden sikyal:

> I'm curious to see everyone's answers to the following questions: > > 1. Does your language(s) distinguish between active ("X breaks Y"), middle > ("X breaks (apart)"), and passive ("X is broken (by Y)")?
Yes, yes, and yes.
> 2. If the answer to #1 was "yes," what method(s) does your language(s) use > to make some/all of the above distinctions?
A verbal ending which indicates voice, or more properly "inverse". With the passive, there may also be a change of case, though there never is with the middle/reflexive.
> 3. What method(s) does your language(s) use to distinguish between basic > nouns and verbs of the same root (i.e. "a hit" vs. "he hits")?
All verbs a verbal ending, that usually includes -ya. There is rarely any ambiguity. "A hit" is vuressa, while "he hits" is vuressya. -- Jesse S. Bangs Jesus asked them, "Who do you say that I am?" And they answered, "You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the kerygma in which we find the ultimate meaning of our interpersonal relationship." And Jesus said, "What?"