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Re: nuq bach?

David Trimboli (david@trimboli.name) [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']



Brent Kesler wrote:
> On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 9:26 AM, Steven Boozer <sboozer@uchicago.edu> wrote:
>>  nuq bachchu' yaS?
>>  What did the officer shoot?
>>  (i.e. what did the officer shoot at?)
> 
> If I heard this question, I'd probably answer something like {nISwI'}.
> So if {nuq} can also mean "what target" in this case, we have another
> ambiguous sentence.

I agree. Nothing tells us that {bachchu'} means "shoot and hit," and 
nothing tells us that the kind of object the verb takes will change with 
the addition of the suffix. It could just mean "shoot with perfect form."

	nuq qIp yaS?
	What did the officer hit?

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David Trimboli
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