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Re: LONG: Latest Wenetaic Stuff

From:Paul Bennett <paul.bennett@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 26, 1999, 9:28
Mathias writes:
so you derive a verb from a noun or reversely ? but then how ? do you derive verbs from nouns of agent, patient, instrument, process, result, etc ? or is it the reverse ? for instance would you derive "to dig" from "digging", "shovel", "ditch", "digger", etc ? and if you derive a noun from the verb "to dig", is that noun "ditch" or "digging" or "shovel" or else ? arabic uses many different combinations and affixes to precise all that. how does weneatic handle it ? <<<<<< Aha! Now I understand what it is that you and Nik don't understand! <short piece of highly speeded-up footage of the sun rising> Generally, most roots are noun-based. The verbal form of "x" is generally translated "perform the action stereotypically associated with x". It's a bit rough and ready, and there's not much regularity beyond that rule. The verb of "sun" is "shine", "wolf" <--> "hunt", "shovel" <--> "dig" and "fight" <--> "fight". There are exceptions where the noun seems to be "the end result of x-ing", eg, "wall" <--> "build" and "victory" <--> "win". As long as you keep a general idea of "act like an x" for the verbal form, and learn a few exceptions, you'll understand and be understood. ************************************************************* This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. This footnote also confirms that this email message has been scanned for the presence of computer viruses. *************************************************************