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   Re: Re: †††Is this realistic?

From:Rob Nierse <rnierse@...>
Date:Thursday, July 3, 2003, 7:52
Dave wrote:

>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? Rob