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oblique passive

From:mathias <takatunu@...>
Date:Sunday, July 20, 2003, 12:36
Nice to read recent posts and website updates of conlang grammars (Pablo and
stuff, Kash vocab, Om Mpaa page, etc.)
I am slowly and carefully rounding up and solving my own conlang's last
untamed, uncertain bits.

(i) Verbal voices:

The verbal voice tags switched from Cai- prefixes to reduplications, but the
system itself is untouched.

sirati "lesson"
sira-ra-ti "to learn"
sira-sirati (uyu) "to teach (to)"
si-sirati "to be learned"
si-sira-sirati "to be taught" (the lesson is taught)
sai-sira-siratinyu "to be taught to" (the child is taught)

(ii) Oblique passive: Cai+verb

piririki u sanaku ai pamingi
talking @ topic is-that flower
to talk about the flower

pamingi a paipiriki u sanaku
flower does have-talking @ topic
the flower is talked about

siruruta u kamini yu surangu
eating @ inside of house
to eat inside the house

surangu a saisiruta u kamininyu
house does have-eating @ inside-of-it
*the house is eaten inside / people eat inside the house

(Mmmouais...I'm still not convinced with this all. :-\)


Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>