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Re: comments on Itláni

From:Jim Hopkins <espero9@...>
Date:Saturday, November 10, 2001, 13:02
In a message dated 11/9/01 11:13:47 PM Eastern Standard Time, laokou@MSN.COM

<<  Another nit-picky comment:   Verbs:   Should the "tense indicator" be
 > "tense/mood indicator"?

 I'm not sure where Jim (Hopkins) is going here.

Hello to all:

In Itlani verbs the -ya of the infinitive is just coincidentally the same as
the "tense/mood indicator" -ya(r) etc.

Actually, "yar", "yav", "yazh" are independent words that mean "present",
"past", and "future" respectively.  See also:  yaraspal (today), yavaspal
(yesterday), yazhaspal (tomorrow).  If the infixes "yan" of the conditional
or "yat" of the imperative once had independent exitences they have now been

Also: ta yavilu (in the past; lit. by means of the past)
ta yazhilu (in the future)
ta yarilu (in the present)

Hope this helps.
Jim H


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