Â Â Â Re: Re: â â â Is this realistic?
|From:||Rob Nierse <rnierse@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, July 3, 2003, 7:52|
>There's also an irrealis marker. But this raises a question: Is there a
>typologically natural order for a progressive and then a tense marker?
>I got the impression that there was, but that there are exceptions.
>(In other words, should it be "ma yu si kama" or "ma si yu kama"?)
I was told that in creoles very often one finds the following order:
Person Tense Mood Aspect Verb.
So, 'ma yu si kama' "I was eating" would be the 'typological natural order'.
But, of course, there are exceptions, e.g. in Papiamentu:
mi ta papia (I present speak) "I speak"
mi a papia (I past speak) "I spoke"
lo mi papia (future I speak) "I wil speak"
Perhaps this is becaause both 'ta' and 'a' are derived from verbs and
'lo' is derived from 'logo'/'luego'?
I like pidgins and creoles. Do you have more info on your conlang?