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Re: THEORY: Valency-Reducing Operations on High-Valency Predicates

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 13:03
On 5/20/06, Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...> wrote:
> Most languages do have ditransitive verbs; and in most of them these verbs > form a minority, significantly smaller than the classes of monotransitive > and intransitive verbs. > > But some languages do not have any ditransitive verbs; and, even those that > do, might lack a ditransitive that some other language has. > > So there are some languages where even "give" clauses and/or "show" clauses > will have to be glossed as two monotransitive clauses, or at least as two > bivalent clauses; just as above. > > -- > Questions > Does anyone else know of any such natlangs? > Does anyone know of any conlangs like that?
I think I saw something similar involving a "serial verb" construction, where "Jack gave Jill the bike" got rendered as something like "Jack took bike gave-to Jill", where there are two verbs, neither of which takes more than two arguments. I don't remember whether it was a natlang (if so, it was probably Chinese) or a conlang (if so, then it was possibly Kamakawi), however. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>