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Offline suomichris

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Types of non-verbal predication in Na'vi
« on: February 01, 2010, 10:45:25 pm »
Functionally-speaking, we can think of six types of copular/non-verbal predicates:

Identification
Proper inclusion
Attributive
Possessive
Existential
Locative

It seems, based on what we've seen, that Na'vi uses lu for the first five, and tok for the last, although perhaps with a few exceptions.  Does this jive with what other people are seeing?

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Re: Types of non-verbal predication in Na'vi
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2010, 09:39:53 am »
As a classicist I'm queasy with your use of the word "attributive" here.  For me, that means only "the big dog" not "the dog is big."  But apart from that, that does seem to match what we've seen so far.
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Re: Types of non-verbal predication in Na'vi
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2010, 11:39:07 am »
As a classicist I'm queasy with your use of the word "attributive" here.  For me, that means only "the big dog" not "the dog is big."  But apart from that, that does seem to match what we've seen so far.
As a functionalist, I'm pretty used to making people queasy :p

Okay, so, not too much weird/awesome happening with non-verbal predicates.

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Re: Types of non-verbal predication in Na'vi
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2010, 11:28:47 pm »
This is the funniest thing I've read all day.

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Re: Types of non-verbal predication in Na'vi
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2010, 06:43:01 am »
Wow, are all linguistic discussions this exciting, suspense filled, and dramatic?
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