Re: first verbs, and already irregular!
|From:||Wade, Guy <guy.wade@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 31, 2001, 19:39|
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Elliott Lash [mailto:AL260@AOL.COM]
> Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 2:14 PM
> Once I got going, it got easier. Canotaea uses a verb
> structure similar to Spanish, so:
> Does the "verb structure similar to spanish" mean that it's
> basically an inflecting language in regards to verbs? Since
> it looks like to behaves like Latin, or Russian or any of the
> other heavily inflected languages I know.
Good question, I know almost nothing about Latin. But I did take Spanish in
school, and am familiar with verb endings in that way.
> -nd = infinitive stem
> -me = 1st pers. sing. pres.
> -te = 2nd pers. sing pres.
> -se = 3rd pers. sing. pres.
> -mese = 1st pers. plural pres.
> -tese = 2nd pers. plural pres.
> -these = 3rd pers. plural pres.
> Why not -sese for the 3rd pers. plural (if it's analogous to
> the other persons, which might not be the case).
I toyed with -sese, and thought -these would be easier to say.
> (A little primitive, I know.) Canotaea only has 2 verbs at
> present: ond (to be) and iwynd (to love). It turns out that
> iwynd loses the y (pronounced /I/) when conjugated: aet iweme
> (I love you). That makes it an irregular verb, right?
> aet = you?
> And also, it looks like y > e and is not lost. This feature
> *could* be irregular, but then again, if you had a class of
> verbs whose the infinitive was -ynd which formed the present
> as -e+personal endings, then it wouldn't be irregular :)
> Either way, I like it.
Hadn't considered that. Thanks!
> Very exited by all this, must keep going.
> Very excited also!! please do keep going :)