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Nik Taylor <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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David Peterson wrote:
> I do a hunt = I hunt
> I do a sleep = I sleep
> I am a thoughtful (one) = I think
> I am a thoughtful (one) about birds = I think about birds
> I not go off of the rock = I don't get off of the rock
> I go walking to the hut = I walk to the hut
Tho, when you get situations like that, I really have to wonder if
that's the best way to analyze it.  Couldn't you instead analyze the
phrases "do a hunt", "do a sleep", etc., as verbs, with what's being
defined as "do", "be" and "go" being simply derivational morphemes
producing verbs from nouns?  I wonder if there aren't "nouns" that don't
exist outside of the phrases with those 3 verbs?
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I agree with you. 'Lookslike these "only three" are simply verbal copulas or
classifiers. Sino-Japanese verbs are also made with 3 verbs only as well:
"do" (suru), "be" (-de aru/da) and "have" (-ga aru) and yet nobody ever
claimed sino-japanese vocabulary has only 3 verbs :-)))