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Re: KLBC: jIjat

From: Marc Ruehlaender <>

>ja' SuStel:
>> In an {X-taHvIS Y} situation, you know the following:
>> (1) X is continuous, because it has the {-taH} suffix.
>> (2) Y is not continuous, and it is not completed.
>although this is what TKD says, taken literally,  do you
>really think this is completely accurate?

Sure.  Why not?

>would you agree with amending:
>> If you want Y to be continuous or completed, you have to use the
>> suffix, for instance:
>to read "if you want to focus on Y being continous or completed resp., ..."

No.  Just because you use an aspect suffix doesn't mean you're focusing on
that suffix.  Having an aspect suffix simply means that verb gets an aspect.

>if not, do you read
>> jIyIttaHvIS chal vIlegh.
>> While I was walking, I looked at the sky.  (The looking is not continous
>> completed.)
>as "..., I glanced at the sky" as opposed to taking an "ongoing" look at

I read it as the looking not being continuous or completed.  That may be
"glanced," or it may not.  It's {legh} without any aspect.  It's whatever
{legh} means when it's not {leghpu'}, {leghta'}, {leghtaH}, or {leghlI'}.

While I was walking continuously and without a specific goal which I'm going
to mention, I looked at the sky, and the looking was neither continuous
(like the walking) nor completed at that time.  It simply happened.

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