On Wed, 30 Apr 2008 23:11:57 -0500, Eric Christopherson <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >I don't really know anything about the following, but Wikipedia has a >little... > >On Apr 30, 2008, at 2:30 PM, Eldin Raigmore wrote: > >> (1) What are verb-classifiers? > < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Athabascan_grammar\ #Classificatory_Verbs > That's a really interesting link! >I'm not sure if this is what you're asking about. I don't think it is. It appears to be a noun-class system or gender system (somewhat modified to sometimes accomodate grammatical number), similar to the "numeral classifier" systems, but applied with verbs instead of with numerals. >> (2) What are preverbs? > >< http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preverb > Thanks for that link; it answers my question, I think. (And it's interesting!) Apparently, preverbs are not a coherent word-class cross-linguistically; and in some languages aren't coherent even within the language. I suppose that might not be the answer I was hoping for, but it is the answer, and will be useful and helpful. >> (3) How, if at all, are either verb-classifiers or preverbs, >> related to light verbs? > >I'd like to know that too. (I love anything having to do with >grammaticalization and the progression from independent words into >bound morphemes.) Yes, me too. The opposite direction -- from bound morpheme to independent word -- is also fascinating, though much rarer. -------- Thanks.