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Re: Tagalog & trigger idea: I'd like comments. :)

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Thursday, November 18, 2004, 18:11

John Cowan <jcowan@...> writes:
>... > ObConlang: The engelang Voksigid is a non-trigger, semantic-case-marking, > verb-first language with an interesting relation to the ones we've been > discussing. Like Tagalog, it uses prepositions to mark the semantic > functions of the NPs. For example, "tor" marks an actor, and "tum" a > benefactee. But these same prepositions are *also* used as suffixes to > derive nouns from verbs, and all nouns (except names) are in fact > so derived. So: > > dona tor donator tum donatum > Give (with-actor) giv-er (with-benefactee) giv-ee. > The giver gives to the recipient of the gift.
Very cool! :-)
> or more naturally > > dona tor cercetor tum brodalen > Give (with-actor) seek-er (with-benefactee) be:brother-one > The seeker gives to (his) brother. > > The suffix "-len", which I have glossed "-one" above, converts a stative > verb ("be a brother") in this case to a noun referring to something in > that state.
'brodator' would also be cool, though. :-) **Henrik