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Old 2008-06-07, 07:29   Link #1624
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Originally Posted by LiberLibri View Post
I think Bislama (also a creole from English spoken in Vanuatu) is near your request. Nouns and intransitive verbs take same forms; you can make transitive verbs by adding suffix en/im/um to them. There are naturally some exceptions and therefore it cannot be said consistent.

I don't fully understand the idea that the definition of verb decides its transitivity. For example,

- to arrive at the station
- to reach the station

In both cases, the conceptual "movement" the verb signifies looks equal. Rather it is a matter of syntactical custom, isn't it?
Yes. As your example shows you can have the same semantics with two different verbs, one transitive and one intransitive. If a verb is the former or the latter, or possibly both is first of all a question of grammar, not semantics. The question is: Can you decide if a verb is transitive or intransitive by looking at the verb(form) or do you have to look it up in a table?
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