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vayyi `future utility'.

`put away, put somewhere for safekeeping'. The aspectual verb ¿ vayyiAnnamalai calls this the verb of anticipated consequence.' has a lexical analog ¿ vayyi `take, put s.t. somewhere for safekeeping'. It is usually used with transitive main verbs only (since the MV ¿ vayyi is definitely transitive,) but may occur with some intransitive verbs, such as siri `laugh' (see example below). Other aspectual verbs (e.g. (v)idu ) may follow ¿ vayyi , but when present ¿ vayyi always follows immediately after the AVP of the main verb. The aspectual notion conveyed by vayyi is the notion that some action is performed because it will have future consequences, use or benefit; it is often translatable as `in reserve' or `up', e.g. `stock up (on)', `read up (on) something, `study up on something', `lay in (or up) a stock of (something)', and implies that an action is done with an eye to future consequences, or preemptively. In the examples below, the glossed portion within square brackets is not literally present in the Tamil sentence, but is given as one or more of the consequences that the use of ¿ vayyi implies.

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