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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 :) > > > > Elliott >