On Wed, 31 Dec 2003 14:45:42 +0100, Andreas Johansson <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Quoting Garth Wallace <[log in to unmask]>: >> I was using it to mean a verb without any core arguments (like in "It's >> raining", except ═lion doesn't use a dummy subject). I think I picked up >> the term from the Amman-ţar site. I have no idea if it's a legitimate >> grammatical term. > > I call such verbs in the Klashic languages "zero-valent". I've likewise > got no idea whether that's kosher terminology. On a quick glance _Describing Morphosyntax_ doesnt appear to discuss these at all (it has a section listing "weather verbs", but no explanation or technical terminology for them). I spose the safest term would be "invalent"... or, to metaphor, "noble verbs". *Muke! -- http://frath.net/ E jer savne zarjÚ mas ne http://kohath.livejournal.com/ Se imnÚ koone'f metha http://kohath.deviantart.com/ Brissve mÚ kolÚ adÔ.