Re: Irrealis mood and non-finite verbs
|From:||Christopher Bates <chrisdb@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 19:37|
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. ;)
>> Christopher Bates <chrisdb@...> wrote:
>> D. N. S. Bhat...claims...that 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?