Re: The cost of time
|From:||Bob Greenwade <bob.greenwade@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 13, 2002, 23:16|
At 05:44 PM 2/10/02 -0600, William Annis wrote:
>In English one "spends" time. Sometimes you pass time.
>It just occured to me I have no way in Vaior to say "I spent much of today
>How do other languages handle this idea? I'm thinking mostly about
>natlangs, but conlangs that have avoided the monetary associations would
>be interesting to me, too.
This is an interesting idea. I haven't read any of the replies to this
yet, but it occurs to me (speaking as a relatively unlearned person in the
field, of course) that the "default" way of saying this might be "using" time.
Seeing this post led me to a decision of idiom for Rav Zarruvo: in the
same way that one "spends" time in English, one "eats" time in Rav Zarruvo.
For Klymaksii, I think the construct would end up being too far removed
from familiar grammar to even have a translation (one would use the amount
of time itself as the equivalent of a verb, and the action done in that
time as the subject).
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