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Re: "Anticipatory" Tense

From:Bob Greenwade <bob.greenwade@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 6, 2002, 17:48
At 01:57 PM 3/4/02 -0600, William Annis wrote:
> >From: kam@CARROT.CLARA.NET > > > >But in the same vein, what about an "almost" aspect, e.g. "I almost fell > >over, and you almost laughed out loud". Or "I nearly finished reading that > >book" (but I never managed the last few pages). > > Vaior makes a number of distinctions in this regard, via >affixes: > > to almost, nearly (finish) X: -dim- > to stop just before finishing X: -rdim- > to just begin to X: -ven- > to stop just after beginning X: -rven-
Rav Zarruvo has something similar, but it's related more to perfect/imperfect than to tense or aspect. The suffix -dho is used for perfect; -ddarr for something nearing completion, or whose completion is in question; and -zobv for something being attempted and given up on. --- Bob's Original Hero Stuff Page! [Circle of HEROS member] Music from Bob's Computer! (CD now available!) Want more hits to your web page?