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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 >reading." > >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). --- Bob's Original Hero Stuff Page! [Circle of HEROS member] Music from Bob's Computer! (CD now available!) Want more hits to your web page?