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Strong/weak versus transitive/intransitive.

The most obvious phonological characteristic which distinguishes trans(itive) from intrans(itive) verbs is that which has been called the distinction between strong verbs (those with present tense marker ޱ kkr, past marker / tt/cc, and future marker pp) and weak verbs (present tense marker ˱ r, past ɨ in, etc., and future v-. Strong verbs are usually transitive/causative and weak verbs are usually intransitive/non-causative.

Examples of strong transitive verbs are numerous, and need not be listed, as is also the case for weak intransitive verbs.





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