tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Fri Aug 09 10:21:14 2002
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Re: Aw: Re: adverbials
Andrew jang Marc:
>Von: Andrew Strader <email@example.com>
>> I know that it seems this way at first, but there is more to the matter than
>> that. The main problem is that -mo' is a fundamentally different kind of
>> suffix than -mey. -mo' and its kin are really better thought of as phrase
>> suffixes, rather than noun suffixes. (See TKD 4.4).
>ah, I have to take it back then. there is a substantial difference
>between -mey and -mo'.
>> The bottom line is that a phrase like "rammo'" modifies the core OVS
>> as a whole. That is, it's acting in an adverbial sense. And it just so
>> happens that adverbials occur in the "head" (or "header" if you like)
>> position of the sentence.
>of course. whether you see rammo' as a noun with a suffix or as
>something else (a phrase, maybe?) doesn't change this.
>I still prefer to see it as a noun (with a suffix)
_you_ can see it this way, but the grammar implemented in your brain,
can't. i'm sure that when you see /ram/ that is "wrapped" by a
/-mo'/, your brain doesn't need to know that /rammo'/ has a noun in
it. in order to build a sentence, you have to descrbe /rammo'/
differently than "a noun with a suffix". it's "a noun with a suffix
that turns a noun in to a xxx, so it's a xxx". what's xxx?