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Re: r-formant in Silindion derivation and inflection

From:Elliott Lash <erelion12@...>
Date:Monday, March 13, 2006, 13:27

   Thanks for taking a look at it...but I think that,
unless we say there are many different formatives
here, your meaning "is [a]" is a bit too narrow. How
can a basically stative formative account for the
involuntary process verbs like "seir-" and "sar-" "to
get cut" and "to get burned". These contrast with
specifically marked stative past tenses, in Old
Silindion: "senkë" and "salda". Here the stative is
marked by the "n" suffix (<*sekw-ne, thal-na). If the
formative -r was already inherently stative, then I'd
think a change to a more specific stative suffix would
be unneeded....not only that, but the semantics of the
present tense for this verb would be off.

   In other news, i think that "seir-" is going to
become "sëur-", since I think this is probably a
better reflex of *"sekw-r" than "seir-".


--- Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote:

> Hallo! > > Elliott Lash wrote: > > > [lots of funky stuff snup] > > This is all very interesting and well-done. It > boils down, I'd say, to a > formative *-ar meaning "is (a)" as verbs ending in > -(a)r tend to be stative > and intransitive, and the suffix is used as a > copulative. > > Thanks for sharing with us another insight into > Silindion's grammar. > I really admire your language for the enormous > amount of thought and ideas > you must have invested into it. Few artlangs I have > seen so far display > so much depth and complexity. > > Greetings, > > Jörg. >
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