[b-hebrew] VERBS

Read, James C K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Wed Jul 27 14:20:05 EDT 2005

This is why I continue to hold that the phrase is the basic unit 
of translation and not the word. 'Started to build' is a fixed 
phrase with its own immutable meaning, which as already observed 
is conditional on societies mutual decision to understand this 
We are yet to receive simplistic answers from Rolf about how his 
research should affect translation of verbs. This is something that 
interests me greatly and so I await his answers with anticipation.

-----Original Message-----
From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org on behalf of Dave Washburn
Sent: Wed 7/27/2005 7:12 PM
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Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] VERBS
On Wednesday 27 July 2005 11:17, Rolf Furuli wrote:
> Dear Joel,
> See my comments below.
> For example, the word BN) (build) is marked for durativity and dynamicity,
> but not for telicity. However, if we add an object, we can get a telic verb
> phrase, as in "build a house". Please look at the clause below.
> "Last Year Al started to build a house, but he never finished it."
> It is clear that the end was not reached, but does that mean that the
> telicity of "started to build a house" is blotted out?  Not at all.  

Actually, this example says nothing about the question of telicity in "build," 
because the main verb of the clause is "start."

Dave Washburn
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married a man who studies rocks." - Betty Armstrong (Fay Masterson)
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