Fwd: Re: -ti verber

Michael McCafferty mmccaffe at indiana.edu
Thu Sep 25 18:02:32 UTC 2014

Quoting M Launey <mlauney at wanadoo.fr>:

> Dear John and listeros

> We also have to be careful about the so-called « meaning » of verbs
> like « have » or « be » in languages that do have such verbs.

I think this is a very good point. Algonquian languages don't
differentiate inceptives versus statives. So there's no difference
between "become angry" and "be angry", "be asleep" and "fall asleep",
"be a manitou" and "become a manitou", etc. This appears to go back to


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