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Re: Irrealis mood and non-finite verbs

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 21:54
On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 1:37 PM, Christopher Bates <chrisdb@...>

> From a typological point of view. If you come up with a classification > and demonstrate that you can then make predictions that languages which > call into category X are likely to also have property Y, I think you > could claim it was a useful result. Or at least, as useful as anything > in linguistics, although I guess I'm not sure of the practical value of > much of the field for things other than curiousity and conlanging. ;)
Well in my case, it puts bread on the table and pays the mortgage :-).
> > >> Christopher Bates <chrisdb@...> wrote: > >> > >> D. N. S. it's still useful to classify many > >> languages as being one of the three, and that there are typology > >> correlates of being tense, aspect, or mood prominent. > >> > > > > I think that classifications such as this are very interesting, but why > > are they useful? > > > > Charlie > > > > >
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