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Re: Playing with dialect variations

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 16:38
On Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 17:48, Logan Kearsley <chronosurfer@...> wrote:
> Second- verbs as a closed class. > > Take the afro-american dialect example "I done gone" for "I left" or > "I am gone", or "I done went to the store" for "I went to the store, > but now I'm back again". "Done" is actually being used as an aspect > particle, rather than as a verb, but what if I re-analyze "done" as > the verb and "gone" or "went" as its object? > You get a situation where most everything that is expressed as a verb > in English becomes a noun for the action of that verb, and verbs > become a fairly small closed class (to be, to do, to become, probably > a few others). > > "I go" becomes "I do go" / "I do going" > "I work" becomes "I do work"- same as in normal English, since "work" > is both a noun and a verb.
Looks a lot like Basque to me. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>