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Re: possessor

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 Thanks.