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Discussion of "ja'aku"
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Comment #4: Re: adverb?
Ilmen (Tue Jan 6 17:51:46 2015)

Wuzzy wrote:
> This is not even close to an “adverb”. “ja'aku” is the same as
> “ja'a ku”, simply two structure words (cmavo) which appear in
> succession.
> Please avoid using terms like “adverbs”, “verbs”, “nouns”
> discussing Lojban, they are often misleading or even just plainly wrong.

Well, you're probably right that «ja'aku» is not a word, because ja'a
itself can appear in isolation (however "ku" cannot; so is "ku" a word in
the linguistic sense?); as a result, «adverbial» is a better term
(because «adverb» usually implies that it's a single word).

Another option is using a more Lojban-specific terminlogy, such as
«non-argument bridi term», «adverbial bridi term», «jbo'adverbi» or

In Lojban, sumtcita clauses, NAku and xoi-clauses are the closest things
to adverbials, while sumti are the closest things to noun phrases, as far
as I can tell. Using the word "adverbial" for reffering to NAku doesn't
seem to me to be much worse than calling "adverbial" or "noun phrase"
constructs in other non-Indo-European languages.

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