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Irreductible verbs

by kena last modified 2008-04-15 01:23
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Here is an exercise for the linguistically-inclined — try to find in your native language a single word that carries the following meanings:

  • menen: to give one's opinion about something (ik meen dat dit waar is = I give my opinion that this is true)
  • opvallen: to make oneself easily noticeable (deze student valt niet op = this student does not make himself easily noticeable)

The broader topic being: what does it mean for you when you cannot find a simple construct in your native language for something that has a basic lexeme (word) as semantic root in another language?

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