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Sensible passives (was: confession: roots)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 8, 2001, 17:51
At 12:30 am -0400 8/5/01, Nik Taylor wrote:
>Muke Tever wrote: >> ['Born' as a verb isn't helpful either, because it hasn't got a useful >>passive.] > >But, what the child does would be a passive verb,
Rather what happens to the child is passive as in sensible language: na:scitur = s/he is being born na:scie:ba:tur = s/he was being born na:ta est = she has been born/ she was born na:tus erat = he had been born/ he was born etc.
>and thus would not >*need* a passive. What's the passive of "die"? :-)
In a sensible language like Latin "to die" is passive :-) mori:tur = s/he is dying morie:ba:tur = s/he was dying mortuus est = he has died/ he is dead mortua erat = she had died/ she was dead etc. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================