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Re: link to my lang thus far

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Thursday, February 9, 2006, 16:53
taliesin the storyteller wrote:
> * Reilly Schlaier said on 2006-02-09 05:43:28 +0100 > >>i think that my use of 'aorist' is very wrong, in my defence i wrote all >>this at like 3 a.m. > > > The meaning of "aorist" is notoriously vague and depends
Well, it is derived from the Greek adjective _aoristos_ = unbounded, indeterminate, undecided :-)
> very much on > the language it is used to describe. Apart from generally having > something to do with verbs you can use it for almost anything,
Yep, as Trask wrote in 'A Dictionary of Grammatical terms in Linguistics': "A conventional label used in a highly variable manner among specialists in particular languages to denote some particular verb form or set of verb forms." So it is practically impossible for Reilly's use of 'aorist' to be wrong :)
> as long > as you explain what it is supposed to mean :)
Yes, indeed - in fact, for such a 'Humpty-Dumpty' word as 'aorist' an explanation is a requirement. -- Ray ================================== ================================== MAKE POVERTY HISTORY