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.