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Re: "do" captures agent+subject

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 17, 2004, 23:42
Aha, found the original..................

John Cowan wrote:

> Henrik Theiling scripsit: > > > Peter dries. > > Peter falls. > > Peter sneezes. > > Peter speaks. > > Peter runs. > > > > In English, you could argue that for each of these sentences, the > > answer to the question 'What does Peter *do*?' is the verb. But this > > is simply because Peter is the subject of each of these sentences and > > by asking for the doer, you ask for the subject. > > I don't agree. ...... "What does X do?" marks X as both subject and
> and if either is not true, it doesn't work. >
Apparently we agree. "What does X do?" IMO(lect) would only apply to the last two, and many other trans.verbs (...sells cars, writes books etc); "What happened to X?" to the first two; either might be appropriate to sneeze, cough etc., where they might be a question of volition.


Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>