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Re: Quryak (Was:Re: Another Orthography Question)

From:JOEL MATTHEW PEARSON <mpearson@...>
Date:Saturday, November 21, 1998, 0:16
On Fri, 20 Nov 1998, Frank George Valoczy wrote:

> > >The direct object is in the nominative, and verbs are like in Hungarian, > > >no distinction is made btw. transitive and intransitive. > > > > I don't understand what you mean here... > > Hungarian has only one class of verbs; ie. no distinction is made btw. > transitive and intransitive verbs. I don't know how to explain it; maybe > if you'd specify what you don't understand?
What do you mean by "class"? Morphological class? Syntactic class? Semantic class? What do you mean by "no distinction"? No morphological distinction? No syntactic distinction? No semantic distinction? Do you mean that transitive and intransitive verbs are inflected the same way for tense/aspect/whatever? Do you mean that the transitive- intransitive distinction is not marked by means of special morphology? Do you mean that all verbs in Hungarian can be used either transitively or intransitively? I was given to understand that the transitive/intransitive distinction was actually quite important in Hungarian grammar. For example, only transitive verbs distinguish definite/indefinite object agreement, as in the following examples from a paper by Anna Szabolcsi: Eltitkol-om a tala'lkoza'st keep secret-1sg+Def the meeting-Acc "I kept the meeting secret" Eltitkol-ok ha'rom tala'lkoza'st keep secret-1sg+Indef three meeting-Acc "I kept three meetings secret" So there are two 1st person singular agreement suffixes: Roughly speaking, "-om" is when the direct object is definite and "-ok" is used when the direct object is indefinite. Intransitive verbs only allow the "-ok" form: Fut-ok run-1sg "I run" "Futom" is no good. Do I have my facts correct here? I don't really know much about Hungarian, other than what I've read in linguistics articles... Matt.