Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: Passive to intransitive ...

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Monday, April 30, 2001, 2:32
Roger Mills wrote:
> Nice idea, which I may have to sneak into Proto Kash and its > developments. At present Kash has no good way to express passive
Uatakassí has no passive either, being ergative, but Common Kassí did, with the prefix që-. Because of the changes that lead to Uatakassí, që- completely disappeared (in the standard dialect, some dialects would change it to k(a)- or k(i)- ... perhaps some dialects might have verbs with fossilized passives, which could be reborrowed into the standard dialect). However, there are a few words which begin with the prefix na- "that which", in which it actually represents Common Kassí naqë- "that which (passive)", such as _uanaláu_ "food", not *"eater".
> IIRC couldn't the passive of Lat. video be used to mean "seem"? in > particular videtur?
Interesting. I would think that a passive of "to see" would come to be a stative verb meaning "be visible" -- Cenedl heb iaith, cenedl heb galon A nation without a language is a nation without a heart - Welsh proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42