Verbal Reflexives

S. Kalyanaraman kalyan97 at YAHOO.COM
Wed May 27 14:16:06 UTC 1998


This is an excellent point. This is characteristic
of the entire linguistic area and is perhaps, ancient. In Hindi, it is
very common to add the auxiliary: -liya_. e.g.,maine_ le_ liya_ (I
have taken for myself).


---Jaroslav Strnad <strnad at SITE.CAS.CZ> wrote:
> The so called compound verbs occur in modern Indo-aryan languages as
> well: in Hindi, for example, a construction of verbal stem (or simple
> absolutive, as this form is often called) with the verb "lenaa", "to
> take" suggests that the action expressed by the stem/simple absolutive
> is done for the use or interest of the doer himself, is directed
> the doer, etc.
> E.g.: likhnaa - to write
>       likh lenaa - to write for one's own use, to write down.
> Compound verbs where the second member modifies the meaning (and in
> quite a few cases also the verbal aspect) of the first, is probably
> of characteristic features of the Indian linguistic area.
>                                                 Jaroslav Strnad
>                                                 strnad at

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