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"Abilitative" aspect?

From:Ian Maxwell <umlaut@...>
Date:Thursday, October 24, 2002, 13:20

Apparently I've been thinking about conlanging in my sleep, because I
just invented a new verb aspect. Or re-invented it, more likely.

Specicifically, I'm conceiving of an aspect that marks having the
ability to do something. So, it would turn "to run" into "to be able to
run". There could also be a seperate aspect for being allowed to do
something, so that it would become "to be allowed to run". And, while
we're at it, there could be one for willingness ("to be willing to run").

Does anyone know of an existing language (conlangs included) that marks
any of these? If not, I nominate the terms abilitative, permissive,
and... um, I don't know. Any suggestions for the third?

- Ian Maxwell
C'est la vie, c'est la guerre, c'est la pomme de terre.

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JS Bangs <jaspax@...>
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Ian Maxwell <umlaut@...>
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