Two part verbs (Why They Shouldn't Make Me Wait)
|From:||Mia Soderquist <verimund@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 7, 2006, 1:50|
While sitting in a waiting room recently, I scribbled out a system of verbs
where every verb has two parts-- an auxiliary that carries
tense/aspect/mode/person/number, and then the part that carries the content.
I thought about a series of auxiliaries that don't mean anything on their
own, but do contribute to the meaning of the verb phrase. For instance,
there would be an auxiliary form that is used with verbs about "being",
another for "doing", "making", "having/acquiring", "giving/receiving", etc.
Perhaps the same content word for mental action used with the "be" auxiliary
would mean "believe", with "do" would mean "think", with "give/receive"
would mean "feel (emotionally)".
I thought perhaps the content part could take some marking too. I thought
perhaps the reflexive could be shown there, for instance. I'll have to think
on that some more.
I think perhaps the first auxiliary used would apply to all the verbs that
follow if they'd have used the same auxilary. For instance, "Imperative-aux
come here and eat this cake", but "John 3rd-past-aux come over and we 1st
person plural exclusive-past-aux go out." ( That is, "John came over and we
went out"; change of person, new auxiliary used.)
I need to find my notes to reconstruct what I had in mind more specifically,
but I thought I would toss this out there and ask if you good folks thought
it was a workable system, and if you had an recommendations on a range of
general categories for the auxiliaries-- one for being, one for doing, one
for weather verbs, maybe? What do you think?