[Lingtyp] fear + NEG

Anvita Abbi anvitaabbi at gmail.com
Fri Mar 20 06:52:18 UTC 2015

Here is the grammatical information with phonetic transcription to clear
the air. Semantically the two sentences are equal. I don't think that (1)
is passive.

1.    *mujh-e           **ɖǝr         h**ɛ           ki             vo
          a             na           ja-ye*

1sg-dat          fear        aux         comp      3sg         come

‘I am afraid lest he come’ OR ‘I am afraid he might come’

Sentence 1 is equivalent to sentence 2 with non-negative and future tense.

2.       *mujh-e                 **ɖǝr         h**ɛ
ki             vo           a             ja-yega*

1sg-dat                 fear        aux         comp      3sg         come

‘I afraid that he will come’

Prof. Anvita Abbi

Director: Centre for Oral and Tribal Literature

Sahitya Akademi

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New Delhi 110 001
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On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 5:03 AM, Mike Morgan <mwmbombay at gmail.com> wrote:

> Also a clarification on Anvita's glossing
> On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 3:16 AM, Anvita Abbi <anvitaabbi at gmail.com> wrote:
>> *mujhe       Dar     hai       ki           vo         aa       na
>> jaye*
>> 1sg.Dat     fear     AUX    COMP   3sg       come  NEG  come
>> Literal: 'I am afraid that he does not come'
> *aa* of course IS 'come' but *jaaye* (not *jaye*, n'est pas?) is
> literally 'go'. And also, sicne Anvita does not label grammatical forms of
> verbs, *aa* is a nonfinite verb stem while *jaye* is subjunctive (or
> optative of you prefer). BUT more importantly perhaps the construction *aa
> jaye* is a PASSIVE.
> Like other commenters I would not pretend to offer any native speaker
> insights *and in fact, my best Indic language, Nepali, has a very
> different, purely synthetic, passive). BUT as a speaker of Japanese as
> well, I am wondering also whether the passive here might complicate things,
> especially in such cases as this where we are obviously NOT dealing with a
> canonical passive (*aa* is an intransitive). What I was wondering is
> whether in Hindi there might be any of the "acted upon negatively" nuances
> found w2ith the Japanese passive (e.g. 雨に降られた。 *ame ni furareta* 'I was
> rained upon'), in which the negative semantics MIGHT also be interacting
> with the grammatical negative? (not saying this DOES happen, just that it
> must be considered as a possibility)
> Of course, an example with an active form of the verb would quickly set us
> all straight on this ;-)
> mwm || *U*C> || mike || माईक || માઈક || মাঈক || மாஈக ||  مایک ||мика ||
> 戊流岸マイク
> (aka Dr Michael W Morgan)
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