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Banin Tenses, verbal and nominal

From:Luís Henrique <luisb@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 19:49
Uhm, I messed my yesterday posting on Banin.
I inverted the textual/contextual issue. It should read

>Back to nouns tense inflection, I believe it is just sintatical, because >they refer to what they call "TEXTUAL" tense of the verb. They say their >verbs have two "layers" of tense, "textual" and "contextual" - that is
>reason their verbal tenses have always a double name:
Neutral (CONTEXTUAL) on present (TEXTUAL): luazus - falls, uses to fall Nik Taylor proposes it could have evolved as:
>I could see that system developing from a contraction >of auxiliaries, as if we were to say "Ada'll fall" in English.
Let's see... there are six different endings for Banin nouns, three masculine and three feminine. And their tense flection looks quite regular: Feminine endings: Present Past Future -a flora floras florar* (faith) -is delis (delus) delir* (love) -in canvin canvins canvir* (people, ethnic group) Masculine endings: -ai florai* florais* florair* (religion) -el delel* delels* deler* (love affair) -an canvan* canvans* (canvur)* (nation, country) (I marked with * the forms in which the last sillable is stressed; in the others, it is the next-to-last.) And it seems that it could really have been a contraction of a form -s to form the past and a form -r to form the future, though the words between brackets (delus and canvur) would not be very well explained by this. If Nik is right, it must have evolved from a less-free-word-order language than it is now (the aux particle should be always placed after the "subject" noun) - is that possible? Indo-european evolution, to what I know, is just the opposite, from very free-word-order languages to very strict-word-order languages (I suppose it is the case for Chinese, too?). Hope 'youl' have some ideas... Luís Henrique ___________________________________________________________ O e-mail que vai aonde você está.