|From:||Joseph a.k.a Buck <zhosh@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, April 24, 2005, 4:41|
Very cool idea.
> Are there languages in which a verb can agree with the
> possessor of a nominal phrase?:: snip ::
As JS says, there are some natlangs which use the dative case for
possession, and that this could become an affix on the verbs. Some North
American Aboriginal polysynthetic languages use infixes & affixes to
designate beneficiary, agent, patient, etc. In Gremegr, my hive language,
every verb must have a beneficiary prefix and an agent suffix.
:: snip ::
> gul zokabinje hude = my cat eats his mouse
> cat 3rd-eat-1st mouse
My sense of symmetry wants to baulk at prefixing the owner of the object and
suffixing the owner of the subject even though I perceive that this could
result from it having evolved by affixing the dative in a Romance language.
I'm curious to know how you might handle noun possessors:
"My cat eats John's mouse."
"gul zokabinje Dzhan hude"? or = "gul kabinje Dzhan hude"?
and embedded clauses:
My cat, which my mother grooms, eats his mouse