A term needed
|From:||Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>|
|Date:||Friday, December 14, 2001, 20:40|
In a conlang of mine (Celvechic, derived from a pre-Islamic dialect of
Arabic) most words have three forms, perhaps resembling the "pausal" and
"contextual" forms of Hebrew.
"Pausal" or "emphatic": must be used in the end of sentences, elsewhere
marks the absence of some expectable syntactic connection with the
"Contextual": the default form before another word (and the form used in
dictionaries, for some morphological reasons);
"Contracted": must be used instead of "contextual" before certain
(categories of) words, in particular, before the definite article.
Now, my question is: how to term these?
"Statuses" are occupied (Celvechic nouns inherit the constructus,
determinatus, indeterminatus, and pronominalis of Arabic).
"Cases" (in nouns) are occupied as well (Nom., Acc., Gen.)
Simply "forms" sounds too vague.
The forms in question are mainly produced by phonetic changes, but the
alternations involved aren't wholly automatical any more, at least in
Maybe, some term used in Hebrew grammars?