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Can there be two otherwise identical words, one a noun and one a verb?

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On Sun, Aug 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM, Herman Miller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Tirëlat has a word "žaadi" which means "dream". I've been using it as a
> noun, but it's listed as a verb. On the other hand, it's listed with the
> "të-" prefix, which marks inherently possessed nouns. Way back in the
> Tirehlat-English dictionary, "jádi" was glossed as "dream" (not "to dream",
> as it would have been if it was a verb then).
>
> So which is it, a noun or a verb? I think it makes the most sense to have
> "dream" as a verb. I've been using "žaadida" to mean "dreamer", and the
> "-da" suffix ordinarily goes with verbs. And the derived noun would be
> "žaadiŋ"; I can change "žaadi ŋaj" in the song "Tyšwi vë xeev" to "žaadiŋ
> ŋaj" and it would be hard to tell the difference.
>
> The compound "žaadivor" for "dreamland" can remain unchanged; verb-noun
> compounds are fine. It would just mean "the land of dreaming" instead of
> "the land of dreams".
>