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Re: Question

From:Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 12:19
Den 15. mai. 2007 kl. 12.59 skrev John Vertical:

> Yes, this is called a telic/atelic distinction and it's present in > many > Uralic langs. The telic, or completed, or resultativ action is > marked with > the object in the plain accusativ (which, as I just wrote in > another thred, > usually looks like a singular genetiv or a plural nominativ), while > the > atelic, or uncompleted, or irresultativ form is marked with the > object in > the partitiv case.
I have something vaguely related about IE, that it could form a completive aspect by adding an initial s, which is why we have so many s-initial clusters. I believe I have found the same tool in North East Caucasian as well, and I am using it in Gaajan (which descends from NEC in my conworld). Possibly it's very old and shared between the two superfamilies. LEF