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Re: Changing worldviews with language (LONG)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Monday, November 4, 2002, 13:55
On Mon, Nov 04, 2002 at 08:41:36AM -0500, John Cowan wrote:
> H. S. Teoh scripsit: > > > > An argument is a core argument if the predicate insists on having it. > > > > Interesting. I suppose in light of this, Ebisedian has no core arguments, > > since everything is optional, and things clear from context are usually > > freely elided. > > Well, not exactly. In Lojban too, anything clear from context can be > elided, but there is still a sharp distinction between core and > non-core arguments. In English (which is not the best language for > exemplifying these things), you can say "John ate", which suggests that > the patient argument is not required by the "eat" predicate. In fact, > however, this is short for "John ate something" -- there is no concept > in English of eating-without-an-eatee. So the valency of "eat" is > agent-patient.
[snip] Hmm. But that still doesn't explain how Ebisedian verbs work. Or perhaps I should say that all Ebisedian verbs have the same valency, that of all five noun cases? Or maybe I'm totally missing the point (as usual). :-P T -- Curiosity kills the cat. Moral: don't be the cat.


John Cowan <jcowan@...>