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Re: Introducing Dmēnna

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Sunday, September 16, 2007, 20:10
On Sep 15, 2007, at 12:24 AM, Joseph Fatula wrote:

> “Intensity” > I’m not entirely sure what to call this prefix, as it generally > “intensifies” or “upgrades” the meaning of a word. In a > possessive > phrase, the possessor is intensified to indicate their role in the > phrase. Verbs can take this prefix as well, used when a non- > participant > in the conversation is the agent.
Might I suggest that you have the intensity prefix only apply to *singular* non-participant agents? [snip]
> VERBS > The verb system is rather complex (I usually like to focus my > efforts on verbs), and I haven’t worked it all out yet, but > here’s some > of the important stuff. > > “Intensity” > In Dmēnna, discourse focuses on the relationships between the two > participants in the speech act, the speaker and the listener. It is > assumed that one of the two participants, or some larger group (which > may of course include one of the two), is always the agent of any > verb. > To make a non-participant the agent, the verb takes the > “intensity” > prefix.
See previous suggestion.
> > Tense/Mood/Aspect > There are a number of different verbal inflections, only some of > which I’ve worked out far enough to post here. For these examples, > we’ll use |tēgivänut| “find one’s way” and |kīs| “look > for > (something)”. The inflections are shown in the order: 1sg, 2sg, > 1pl, > 2pl, 3pl, and 3sg (which requires promotion of the agent noun). > > distant or unavoidable future > tēgivänlā > tēgivänlūy > tēgivänliw > tēgivänļzyāgūy > tēgivänleď > tēgivänļ
The subject of _tēgivänļ_ should be exempt from the intensity prefix, right?