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Lingua Frakas...question re: TMA (tenses,mood & aspects)

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Sunday, May 14, 2000, 3:36
In a message dated 2000/05/14 12:00:54 AM, Nik wrote:

>I could see this happening if the substrate language used those tenses, >but the forms seem implausible (particularly, mito- and anci-), IMO.
Well, of course, I am not being totally faithful to pidgin/creole paradigms... This is afterall an artlang. It is not totally unheard of for a substrate language to coopt portions of the lexifier's vocabulary to describe their own native terms. So I am imagining one language that has a wider array of tenses trying to communicate these ideas with others using another language that has fewer tenses.
>First, where does _xi_ come from?
I snagged it from Fa d'Ambu, a Portuguese creole, for 3 reasons: 1- they are very short 2- they stand out in the sentence 3- they appeal to my sense of aesthetics (it's pronounced /iks-ee/)
>My suggestion would be something like >(using English words): > >very-long-time-finish >long-time-finish >finish >was (?) >be >[what exactly is the distinction between "progressive" and >"continuative"?]
progressive is like "I will be... "... continuative is also known as "habitual" as in "he always loses" Thanx for your feedback... zHANg