hear = understand

Alec Coupe alec.coupe at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 3 17:08:02 UTC 2010

Dear Typologists,

In Mongsen Ao, 'understand' is expressed by the verb root 'hear' suffixed by
the abilitative modality marker (see p.149 and pp.329-330  for examples).
Some other verbs of cognition appear to express related lexicalised meanings
when suffixed by the abilitive marker, e.g. 'think-ABIL' results in a
meaning of 'realise'.

Coupe, A.R. 2007. "A grammar of Mongsen Ao". Mouton de Gruyter: Berlin/New


Alexander R. Coupe, Ph.D
Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
Nanyang Technological University
HSS 03-53, 14 Nanyang Drive
Singapore 637332
Tel: +65 6592-1567 | Fax: +65 6795-6525 | email: alec.coupe at gmail.com
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