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Re: Weather verbs
- To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: Re: Weather verbs
- From: marob!uunet!marob.masa.com!cowan (John Cowan)
- Date: Wed, 28 Nov 90 15:46 EST
- In-Reply-To: <1990Nov27.email@example.com>
- Newsgroups: sci.lang
- Organization: The Logical Language Group, Inc.
In article <1990Nov27.firstname.lastname@example.org> you write:
>Does anyone know of a language or languages in which weather verbs
>(rain,snow...) take "real" subjects.
>If there are such languages is there any correlation with a belief in weather
In Lojban, a constructed human language (see previous postings, or write
me for more details), the main weather term is >carvi<, which means:
A rains from B to C
So the "subject" here is what is raining: i.e, water, ice, snow, methane,
etc. B would typically be "the sky" or "a cloud" but might even be
"my watering can". C would typically be "the ground".
Of course, any of the three arguments can be left off, so "carvi" by
itself means "It's raining".
As far as I know, none of the inhabitants of Lojbanistan (an imaginary
country) believe in weather gods. However, I wouldn't put it past
some of them. :-)
email@example.com (aka ...!hombre!marob!cowan)
e'osai ko sarji la lojban
- Weather verbs
- From: Stephen Humble <marob!uunet!splinter.coe.northeastern.edu!deeb>