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Just completely off topic, here-- "efferent"
and "afferent" nerves are nerves that bear
sensation from the spinal chord/brain to the body site
(effector) and from the body site to the spinal
chord/brain respectively; i.e., carrying away, and
carrying towards.  I learned this when I was looking
up autoimmune disorders and fibromyalgia this summer.
:-)

I'm with Matt--this is a lovely and strategic foursome,
and I've said so before.  On a pickier note, though, isn't
exfferent the same as efferent?  I mean in usage and
etymology.  You might want another term:  _efferent_
is an abbreviation via the French of ex + ferre.

Sally Caves
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Subject: Re: MeloChalaka


> --- You wrote:
> > The second thing I am proud of is the voices.  There are four,
> > Afferent, Efferent, Infferent and Exfferent.  Efferent is like an
> > Active voice.  Afferent is like a Passive voice.  Infferent means all
> > the action is occuring WITHIN the person, Reflexive, sort of.  "My
> > heart beats" would be infferent, but "I beat myself" would be afferent.
> > Exfferent means all the action is occuring outside the speaker, the
> > speaker is merely the observer.  So, you can keep the person the same,
> > but change the voice, or keep the voice the same and change the person.
>
> Awesome!  That is very creative!  Could you give more details on what
> Efferent and Afferent are?
> --- end of quote ---
>
> This all sounds quite interesting.  So how do you handle sensory
predicates like "see", "hear", "feel"?  I assume that emotional and mental
states--"think", "remember", "be angry", "feel uncomfortable"--would all be
expressed in the Infferent, yes?
>
> Matt.
>
> Matt Pearson
> Department of Linguistics
> Reed College
> 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
> Portland, OR 97202 USA
> ph:  503-771-1112 (x 7618)
>