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Boreanesian Grammatical Structure

From:lucasso <lucasso@...>
Date:Monday, December 21, 1998, 17:40
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Od: Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>
Do: Multiple recipients of list CONLANG <CONLANG@...>
Data: 18 grudnia 1998 10:26
Temat: LONG: Boreanesian Grammatical Structure (was: Only One Core Argume=

>Tim Smith wrote: > >>At 04:51 PM 12/16/98 +0100, Kristian Jensen wrote: >>>I have posted details about Boreanesian sentence structure >>>before, but for the sake of clarity I could post a review for >>>those interested (especially for the newer members on CONLANG- >>>L). It'll definitely demonstrate what I mean by a language with >>>only one core argument. For those of you who are interested in >>>trigger languages in general, it may certainly be of interest. >> >>I'd like to see that reposted. I remember seeing it before, but >>I don't seem to have saved it. In fact, I was just recently >>trying to remember what you said several months ago about the >>underlying argument structure of the Philippine trigger >>languages. > >First, allow me to apologize for taking me this long to reply. I >wanted to make sure that what I was going to forward was up to date. >But I ended up rewriting everything of what I posted half a year >ago. I'd appreciate any comments, please. Anyways, here goes: > >The most important feature I feel reflects Boreanesian (and other >trigger languages) most is their possession of only one core >argument - sentences and clauses with two core arguments do not >exist in Boreanesian. Instead, Boreanesian has only predicate >clauses with a single argument. Below are some English examples of >such predicate clauses: >
[big cut] i can't say that i've read this post carefully, my english doesn't allow = me do that; but as i understand i've done (i'm doing, rather) something similar: i've kicked out be-verb and i'm trying to kick out other verbs making onl= y nominal predicates: there is no problem with: just nominal predicate: 'me[abs] man[abs]' adjectival predicate: 'man[abs] white[abs]' (in fact there are no distinction between 'noun' and 'adjective') but i don't know how to express verb like 'getting white'; i mean the situation when feature is more and more intensive, or thing become (an active verb); (like this famous example: passive: dwell, live (i could express it in that way: 'man[abs] forest-inhabitant[abs]') active: settle (??? something like 'man forest-inhabitant-becomer)) i might express it as inhabitant[noun]-[some noun] but i do not know what word use, what its meaning should be... (or if eregativ:e forest[abs] man-habitat[abs] forest[abs] man-habitat-?becomer[abs])