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Re: Question

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Monday, May 14, 2007, 2:47
Does anyone know of a case or verb mark that would show that the
receiver of
an action isn't receiving it
Sally talked to Tim, but Tim wasn't listening.
so that i wouldnt need that clause
and if there isnt one then thats even better ;)

Often when languages do things like this, they do it using
morphology that was created to do something else.  The
example Kelly gave...

You can sort of get this with the English "Sally talked at Tim"
 >> an example of what Maria Polinsky would call an antipassive.
By her account, antipassives are used most often to indicate that
the action was indirect, or wasn't received (exactly what you were
describing).  By her account, though, every language has some
sort of antipassive, regardless of alignment, so you may wish to
take it with a grain of salt.

The point holds, though.  See what morphology you have, and
see if you can assign something to this function.  That seems to
be how it happens naturally.

"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison