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Re: Aorist

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 22, 2000, 14:31
Eric Christopherson <raccoon@...> wrote:

>>vagiath yl si 'I have eaten' <- *'Eaten by-me there-is' >> vagiis ei si 'I am eating' (focus on progressive aspect) >> <- *'Eating I there-is' > >That's an interesting way to express those, using there-is plus a participle.
I don't know where I got it from. :) Just made it up on the spot. But it looks nice to me.
>>Aorist: >> avage 'I used to eat', 'I ate' > >I'm not sure if 'used to' would work for an aorist, since aorist is a >punctual action.
Yes, my mistake. I got confused. I've now tidied things up: present and past will both be progressive or habitual, while aorist will be punctual in the past. Then I'll see what to do with the participial phrases in each case. --Pablo Flores ... I cannot combine any characters that the divine Library has not foreseen, which in some of its secret tongues do not bear some terrible meaning. No-one can articulate a syllable not filled of caresses and fears; which is not, in some one of those languages, the powerful name of a god... Jorge Luis Borges, _The Library of Babel_