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pannu `make, do'.

The commonest and most general of these verbs is 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.

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 pannu is an NP in Tamil, regardless of whether it is an NP or a VP in English. Thus, draiv in the above example, though a verb in English (`drive') is treated as if it is a noun in Tamil.



Vasu Renganathan
Sat Nov 2 21:16:08 EST 1996