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Re: Jovian's Verbs From Hell

From:Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>
Date:Friday, August 30, 2002, 11:21
--- In conlang@y..., bnathyuw <bnathyuw@Y...> wrote:

> and this makes latin evil ? what about greek ? . . .
Even more evil, apparently. =P
> > However, now that I've defined the past tense based > > on the Latin > > imperfect, I find myself disliking the length of > > those forms -- > > perfects would consequently shave off a syllable. > > Ah, well... > > > > you could use the poetic perfect ( drop the v and > elide . . . not sure whether all these forms are real, > but you could standardise )
That looks nice. I could contrast the mostly penultimate-stressed present forms (awo, awas, awa, awame, awaese, awan) with ultimate-stressed perfect forms (awáe, awase, awá, awaeme, awassi, awane). Anyway, my primary concern were all the irregular perfect stems of the consonantic verbs. Seeing how Jovian tends to simplify internal consonant clusters, I assumed too many perfect stems would merge or become indistinguishable from other verbs. However, I could restrict the irregular stems to a closed group of verbs (as Spanish does) and regularize the rest. I guess I'm going to add a perfect tense, then. The future is probably still going to be non-inflectional, since the Latin future tense looks so much like the imperfect. =P -- Christian Thalmann -- GMX - Die Kommunikationsplattform im Internet.