Verbs of existence

Prashant Pardeshi prashantpardeshi at YAHOO.COM
Mon May 2 03:43:10 UTC 2005

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Dear Vyakaran list members,

Currently a collegue of mine is working on verbs of
existence in Japanese from a historical perspective.
As you know, Japanese makes a distinction in the verb
of exitence according to animacy: the verb "iru" is
used for animates while the verb "aru" is used for

We are looking for languages which make such a
distinction and would appreciate if the list members
can suggest some references. To the best of my
knowledge Tamil and Sinhalese make such a distinction.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Best regards,
Prashant Pardeshi (Kobe University, Japan)

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