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Re: usage of type-7 aspect suffix {-pu}

Doq (doq@embarqmail.com)



{chen} is an odd word and I don't know that we've been given really  
good canon to help explain how to use it. One thing is clear, though.  
It is intransitive without {-moH}. There is a being which takes form.  
It doesn't take form something else, though something else can cause  
it to take form.

In terms of being stative, I doubt it would be meaningful  
adjectivally. "Could you please hand me the take-form knife?" It's  
not like "hot" or "cold" or "tall" or most of the other stative verbs.

Doq

On Dec 6, 2007, at 9:14 AM, McArdle wrote:

>
> --- Doq <doq@embarqmail.com> wrote:
>
>> ...
>> (chenmoH is an
>> action verb, not a stative one -- it would be
>> stative without the -
>> moH)
>> ...
>
> I don't understand this.  I don't know how {chen} is
> used in canon (other than as part of {chenmoH}), but
> it's defined as "build up, take form" and this doesn't
> seem like a stative concept to me.  Isn't taking form
> (unlike "having form") an active process rather than a
> state?
>
> -- mI'qey
>
>
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