[Spellyans] "become" with nouns

Ray Chubb ray at spyrys.org
Tue Nov 4 15:43:24 GMT 2008

On 4 Du 2008, at 12:21, nicholas williams wrote:

> Look incidentally at these two lines:
> ziso y fue servont lel ‘to thee he was (preterite) a loyal servant’  
> BM 4339 [Michael to Christ in heaven]
> eff o lel servont ihesu ‘he was (imperfect) a loyal servant of  
> Jesus’ BM 4379 [the bishop of Cornouaille].
> What is the contrast there?
> Nicholas
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I was thinking along these same lines,  perhaps clarity  in the  
meaning 'became' is achieved by use of a preterite where one would not  
normally expect one.

Ray Chubb


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