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[relay] Re: Yellow snow

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 22, 2004, 18:01
John Leland wrote:

> Rihana-ye: > lila-i ritama he go-bi > golden snow not eat-must >
This reminds me of one of the possible Indonesian structures: Negative imperative + _passive_ verb-- salju kuning jangan dimakan snow yellow do-not be-eaten (sort of: yellow snow is not to be eaten) I guess it softens the command by putting the implicit 2nd pers. subject at one remove.