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Types of non-verbal predication in Na'vi

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suomichris:
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?

wm.annis:
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.

suomichris:

--- Quote from: wm.annis 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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As a functionalist, I'm pretty used to making people queasy :p

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

Erimeyz:
This is the funniest thing I've read all day.

  - Eri

omängum fra'uti:
Wow, are all linguistic discussions this exciting, suspense filled, and dramatic?

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