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Re: comments on Itláni

From:Irina Rempt <irina@...>
Date:Saturday, November 10, 2001, 19:03
On Saturday 10 November 2001 14:02, Jim Hopkins wrote:

> Actually, "yar", "yav", "yazh" are independent words that mean > "present", "past", and "future" respectively.
Valdyan (I'll call it that, obsoletely, to avoid confusion) has -well- they're probably pro-verbs, I call them "verb replacements", to indicate tense if there's no finite verb in the sentence. Only for past and future, though, not for present; present is default. Rava tylan echain [name] smith PAST "Rava was a smith (once)" "Rava used to be a smith" (or even "Rava is a former smith", probably because she's retired) hanie jat tylan hyn apprentice this smith FUT "this apprentice will be a smith" "this apprentice is going to be a smith" They can also be used adjectivally: hanre echain "yesterday", valan hyn "future king". (In fact "The Once and Future King" might be translated "Valan echain so hyn" :-) Irina -- Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself)


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