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On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 21:55:32 EDT, John Leland <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> In a message dated 6/27/04 9:07:04 AM Pacific Daylight Time, [log in to unmask]
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> << r maybe Basque would rephrase ~ "door opening, he left the room". >>
> This construction of coursecan be done in English ("Opening the door, he left
> the room.")
> and would, I think, be the standard form for Rihana-ye
> Levesa lejo-mi,  veba dibasa-ke wivejo.
> "Door opening, he room-from went."
>
> I think the same sort of construction would be likely in Korean and Japanese.

I can't speak for Korean, but my little Japanese would indeed lead me
to say "doa o akete heya kara deta" - "door ACC. open-CONN room from
went", with -CONN being a connecting form that's sometimes similar to
a participle.

Cheers,
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Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]>