On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 9:59 AM, David J. Peterson <[log in to unmask]>

> Ma tan kala.
> /I COP beautiful/
> "I am beautiful."
> Ma lor kala.
> /I NEG.COP beautiful/
> "I am not beautiful."

What language is that, David? I'd like to know. (:

In other news, Korean has a verb, "opsda" (pronounced opta) in the
infinitive, that means "to not have, to not exist".

Chingu ga isseoyo.
Friend SUBJ have.POLITE
"I have friends." / "My friend is there."

Chingu ga opseoyo.
Friend SUBJ don't-have.POLITE
"I don't have friends."

Saram eun opseoyo.
People TOPIC don't-have.POLITE
"There are no people (around here)."