There has been some mention on this list of the rule that says "A li B e C,"
when "B" is a word
not normally thought of as a transitive verb, is to be understood as "A makes C
B/ brings it about
that C li B/ causes C to (be) B.
There are some parallel regularities: If A is a transitive verb, A as a noun is
the generic term
for the direct object of A "moku," for example is the transitive verb "eat" (you
can't eat without
something being eaten. What is eaten is ipso facto food, "moku" as a noun.
Related to this is
that the nouns from "tawa" class verbs are the generic complement: "ona tan tan"
"it is from the
source" is a convenient tautology.
None of these patterns is carried through completely in the word list:
causatives are not usually
listed separately, unless there is a specialization that meaning that is of
"tomo" "to build, construct" hasn't been listed). Many of the nouns from verbs
(as we might say)
are also not listed nor used: "tawa" is not down as "goal, destination,
direction," for example,
but only variations of the verbal noun "going."
In one sense, the second principle might be seen as a special case of the first:
is causing it to be food in a very immediate sense. This immediate sense is
characteristic of the
direct object nouns when there is a merely classifying noun to contrast it with:
"tool" is something actually used to do something, whether or not it was
that purpose; "ilo" was so designed but might never be so used (I have a
screwdriver -- designed
to drive screw -- which I use only to open paint cans - as ilo it drives screws,
as kepeken it
opens cans.)conversely, the nouns could all be taken as patients for the
activities of the verbs:
food is what is being/has been/is to be eaten.
Perhaps this can be worked up into one or several systems; for now, I just note
Are there others that you have noticed?