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Re: Irrealis mood and non-finite verbs

From:Scotto Hlad <scott.hlad@...>
Date:Friday, March 28, 2008, 18:20
Quoting "David J. Peterson" <dedalvs@...>:

What an excellent and clear explanation.

> So the reason that the non-finiteness and irreality are tied > together in Sidaan is really something of an accident. Imagine > if the verb system looked like this: > > longuno = realis, perfective > longunE = realis, imperfective > longuni = irrealis, perfective > longunu = irrealis, imperfective >
Although the acutal forms will be different, you have just described the verb system for another conlang that I am working on. I have designed a present tense form of the perfective which means that what you are doing right now is perceived as something that will only be done once and never again. Say for example that you have fixed your car for the umpteenth time and are tired of it. You discovered what your mistake has been and you can now fix it "for the last time." One would then use a present perfect realis form. If it were the irrealis it would mean something akin to "I could fix it for the last time." You must've read my mind somewhere along the way. Scotto