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Re: More on the Hermetic Language

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Monday, March 17, 2003, 19:44
Quoting Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>:

> John Cowan wrote: > > Punctuals in general can take a long period of time, provided the > > speaker sees them as a single event without parts. In English, this > is > > often done with a nominalization: "Pheidippides' run from Marathon > to > > Athens", e.g.; it took hours, but here is treated as a unanalyzable > > point event. Similarly in "William Blake lived from 1757 to 1827." > > Uatakassi would use non-punctual there, at least for the second. :-) > Punctual is instantaneous or very brief in Uatakassi. I suppose if > one > were to write from the perspective of an immortal being, punctual > could > be used for "William Blake lived from 1757 to 1827". "Pheidippides > ran > from Marathon to Athens" I'm not sure if it would be non-punctual or > punctual.
Yargish would use a past habitual. A past continuative would suggest that he did something else before and after, which despite the Yargish's belief* in an afterlife sounds odd. A past punctual would sound downright weird; having never developed geology, nor any remotely scientific astronomy, probably no Yargish is able to think of seven decades as a single "occasion" or "moment in time". * Of course, they believe in it in a way reminicent in how we believe that the Earth is round; there may be some few doubters, and it may not be prooved in a philosophical way, but accepting it certainly elegantly solves heaps of mysteries that otherwise would require separate and convoluted explanations. Andreas