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Re: Tense naming question

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Monday, March 1, 2004, 18:37
Mark J. Reed wrote:

>On Mon, Mar 01, 2004 at 05:41:31PM +0000, Joe wrote: > > >>Matt Trinsic wrote: >> >> >> >>>Greetings all, >>>I have recently modified the language I am currently working on to >>>include two different past tenses. One is for actions that started in >>>the past, but are still happening. The other for actions that started in >>>the past are are no longer happening. Is there a name for these >>>different tenses, and if not, does anyone have any good suggestions >>>and/or interesting examples of naturals languages that have the same >>>distinction? >>> >>> >>Well, something that was started in the past and is still happening is a >>present. Something that's no longer happening is a past. >> >> > >Let's think about terminology for your lang. If the set of tenses >looks something like this, then these names may work: > >START END NAME >past past perfect >past present preterit >past future imperfect >present present present >present future progressive >future future future > > >
Well, most of that seems untrue to me. The way I see it, there's past-1, past-0 and past+1. That is, past-1 is further back in the past, past-0 is somewhere between the two, and past+1 further forward in the past. So - START END NAME past-1 past-1 perfect past-1 past-0 preterite past-1 past+1 imperfect past(any) future present(To me, this is the same as progressive.) future future future Now, we could get more finely grained than this. So, starting 'past-0', and ending past+1 would be 'had just started'. Starting present, ending future, 'have just started, and soforth.