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think (was I've'nt (was: Re: Quick Intro)

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Monday, February 24, 2003, 5:25
David Barrow wrote:
> And I did ask about similar constructions in other languages including
> any replies? >
Whatever the uses in English may be, Kash _pila_ 'to think' is probably as polysemous as the Engl. word, but doesn't normally occur with the negative; in their literal-minded view, a normal living human cannot "not think", so they have to say: mapila re ta yarata 'I think that he/she's not coming' ~pilami, ta yarata ....the same, less formal mapila hayi / pilami, hayi 'I think so' (lit. I-think yes) mapila tayi / pilami, tayi 'I don't think so" (I-think no) One or two other verbs are probably subject to the same "no-negative" restriction, at least in some cases.....perhaps 'guess' or 'suppose ~imagine' Just as in Engl., one could use 'believe', which can be negated-- ta mavacan re yarata 'I don't believe (=don't think) he's coming. But the less formal verb+possessive construction must stand alone/cannot have _ta_: vacambi, ta yarata (*ta vacambi, yarata)