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Noun tense was Re: bac . . . some info

From:Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>
Date:Friday, July 19, 2002, 19:45
On Thursday 18 July 2002 19:32, Tim May wrote:
> Peter Clark writes: > > As others have said, good job. I see that another person has > > discovered the joys of noun tense! Enamyn does this too, as well as > > using mutations > > I'm sure there is a natlang with noun tense in Campbell, but I can't > find it, and I'm beginning to suspect that I dreamt it. Does anyone > know any examples of natlangs that mark tense on a noun?
I don't know about Campbell, but Thomas Payne (of "Describing Morphosyntax" fame) sent me an email long ago about Panare that has some features of noun tense: --- We have analyzed Panare (a Cariban language of Venezuela) as having three participles, a "past participle" (like the -ed/-en participles of English), a "present participle" (like -ing) and a "future participle." The last means that the thing referred to is "destined to be." Here are some examples: yamasa' "Hit thing" PAST yamañe "Hitting thing" PRESENT yamase'ña "Thing destined to be hit." FUTURE These are all nouns, but they are based on a verb root (ama "hit"). So in some sense this might be considered a tense system reflected on nouns. But, significantly I think, it only occurs on nouns that are derived from verb roots. This is a well-installed part of the morphology of Panare -- much more productive than ex- in English. --- :Peter


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