zydenbos at FLEVOLAND.XS4ALL.NL
Wed May 27 23:17:55 EDT 1998
Replies to msg 26 May 98: indology at listserv.liv.ac.uk (S. Kalyanaraman)
kC> comparable auxiliaries with reflexive meaningare: kol.ka
kC> (imperfect ko_) to receive (Malaya_l.am); konu take (Telugu).
kC> usage: per-ru-k-kon.t.e_n- I received (Tamil);
kC> telusu-konna_nu I have learnt (Telugu). k.
kC> ---Deepthi Kumara Henadeerage
kC> <Kumara.Henadeerage at ANU.EDU.AU> wrote:
> Sinhala has a special verb-verb compound which gives the reflexive
> meaning. In this construction, the verb gannawa 'take' is suffixed to
> the perfect partciple form of a verb.
> For instance, tuwaala_kara+gannawa (hurt+gannawa) means 'hurt
kC> oneself', while
> tuwala_karanawa 'hurt', without gannawa means 'hurt somebody', but not
> 'hurt oneself'.
> I have heard that there are similar constructions in Tamil and Teligu
> (ie. verb+koL construction).
The same goes for Kannada too, and also for Tulu, though in the latter case the verb root for 'take' has lost its initial consonant and therefore its origin is not immediately recognisable.
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