English Infinitives

Irine Melikishvili imelikishvili at YAHOO.COM
Fri Apr 28 06:27:10 UTC 2006

--- TRUDGILL Peter <peter.trudgill at UNIFR.CH> wrote:

> The traditional dialects of some areas of
> southwestern England have, or used to have, special
> morphological marking on infinitives such that
> infinitives of transitive verbs consisted of the
> bare root, while infinitives of intransitive verbs
> (and objectless transitives) took the ending -y :
> "I can't milk the cows today, can you milky?".
> (There appear to be no phonological factors involved
> here.) Of languages which can be said to have
> infintives, do we know of many others which have
> this kind of transitive/intransitive distinction?
> Peter Trudgill

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