Date: Wed, 12 Oct 1994 02:07:30 CDT
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: -"had" Constructions
Se me ocurrio' cuando lei' el mensaje de Judith Rascoe that any language
oughta give the speaker syntactic escape hatches for deflecting blame--any
self-respecting language, that is. It has occurred itself to me also that,
caramba!, Chinese does something "funny" with the equivalent of 'occur'
because I've seen "was occurred" in the writing of Chinese students. A
couple of times I asked if the Chinese equivalent of 'occur' was sort of
like a passive; the response was affirmative.
On a comparative/contrastive note, the discussed of these 'have' constructions
reminds me that 'be' and 'have'='own' use the same word in, I think, Swahili,
with sort of a dative construction in the latter use.