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Re: "to be" or "not to be"

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Saturday, June 14, 2008, 20:19
On Jun 13, 2008, at 8:45 PM, Scotto Hlad wrote:
> Anyway. I was looking in my Roget's Thesaurus and in the front, Roget > has the Tabular Synopsis of Categories. This seems like a good > compendium of root meaning that I could work from as a basis for some > roots for my new lang. Under existence, there is an entry for > "Inexistence." Roget has a pile of words that related to this, but it > got me thinking. Is there a language that has a specific word for non > existence eg. "not to be"? I find it fascinating to think in those > terms > and would like to see how it might have worked elsewhere.
WALS has some interesting info on negation: 112. "Negative morphemes" <> 113. "Symmetric and Asymmetric Standard Negation" < feature/113> 114. "Subtypes of Asymmetric Standard Negation" < feature/114> 115. "Negative Indefinite Pronouns and Predicate Negation" <http://> 139. "Irregular Negatives in Sign Languages" < feature/139> The first and last seem especially relevant here.