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Re: The topic marker -'e'

Christopher Doty (suomichris@gmail.com)



On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 12:43, ghunchu'wI' 'utlh <qunchuy@alcaco.net> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 3:20 PM, David Trimboli <david@trimboli.name> wrote:
>>
>> Not all verbs of action have agents. For instance:
>>
>>    bom Qoy puq
>>    the child hears the song
>>       puq = experiencer
>>       bom = theme
>>
>> To be an agent, the noun must intentionally perform the action...
>
> I don't find this example as compelling as you might expect. {Qoy} is
> explicitly an action which one must perform intentionally, as we know
> from the commentary for TKW page 31: {'IwlIj ghogh yIQoy.}

So when cars drive by your house, you intentionally listen to each of
them?  When a loud noise wakes you up at night, you intentionally
heard it?






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