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Degrees of volition in active languages (was Re:Chevraqis: asketch)

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Sunday, August 13, 2000, 18:57
Mangiat wrote:

> Italian is one of the few languages I know to use articles even with nouns > already determinated by possessives: > > 'il mio libro' - 'my book' > 'la mia casa' - 'my house' (here there is an exception: you can say 'casa > mia' as well)
There are dialects of Spanish that do this too. In Guatamala and parts of Mexico, one can say Tengo una mi casa have:1Sg a my house 'I have a house' This is partially because colonial dialects separate from their mother dialect tend to conserve elements of their speech from earlier periods different from those the mother dialect conserves, and 16th Century Spanish had this. Also, local Mayan languages like Mam, which act as substrates on the Spanish of the area, have this: juun t-wiixh saq one 3SgA-cat white 'a white cat of his' (lit. 'a his- white -cat')
> BTW, I, too, think Greek 'So:krate:s' is ungrammatical. I have never found a > Greek proper name without the article.
Not really. I quote from Plato's 'Apology': 'So:krate:s adikei kai periegrazetai zeto:n ta te hupo ge:s kai ourania....' 'Socrates does wrong and makes a nuisance of himself by searching for those things under the earth and in the heavens....' (III.6) Of course, it also depends on which period you're talking about. In Homer's time, there were no articles, and so consequently of course there were no NPs with a required article.
> Well, I think Greek uses a lot > articles. Indeed I've never studied all its declension patterns, you can > work well even if you remember the declension of 'ho, he, tò'.
Well, for beginning Attic Greek, certainly. For me this scheme did not work for many periods of Greek. ====================================== Tom Wier | "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ======================================