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Re: rotokas; practical syllabarology; et alia

From:Mark P. Line <mark@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 16, 2004, 19:08
Roger Mills said:
> Herman Miller wrote: > >> karerovoviroravere "I will begin to return all the way." > makasito mamaçan riyun {??not sure how they mean 'all the way') > I-begin-fut. I-return there(distant)
Other things being equal, 'all the way' is typical SIL-speak for a completive aspect. 'Return all the way' entails that some implied earlier point of origin is reached. I think most of Merrifield's "data" was constructed to demonstrate certain morphosyntactic phenomena. -- Mark