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The commonest and most
general of these verbs is ½ýá pannu `make, do'. It can be
added to a noun to make a verb, and is the most common way of making verbs out
of borrowed English words. Sometimes Tamil even borrows words for
lexical items it already has.
- ¥ÙÀ¬ ½ýá draiv pann u `Drive (a car)' (literally: `make drive')
- ÂÔ¡´Õõ ½ýá vaakking pannu `take a walk, go walking'
- ´Ô¤½Õ ½ýá kaappi pannu `copy, make a copy'
- Ø½Ô¯ ½ýá boor pannu `bore, make a hole'
- Â¯¡ ½ýá vark pannu `work, do work' (ØÂ×Á ½Ôç
veele paaru `work'.)
½ýá pannu can be attached to both nouns and verbs
(usually borrowed from English), but always with the effect of having been
added to nouns; that is, what precedes ½ýá pannu is an NP
in Tamil, regardless of whether it is an NP or a VP in English. Thus, ¥ÙÀ¬
draiv in the above example, though a verb in English (`drive') is
treated as if it is a noun in Tamil.
Sat Nov 2 21:16:08 EST 1996