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Mood names ...

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Monday, January 20, 2003, 21:33
Having a pseudo-tidy kind of mind, I'd like to present the various moods of
Tairezazh with proper latinesque-sounding names in that article I'm working
on. Most Tairezazh moods are indicated by adverbs following the verb, BTW.

Besides the easy ones (indicative, imperative, interogative, subjunctive), I
use "abilitative" for the adverb corresponding to English "can, be able to"
and "desiderative" for the one corresponding to "want to". Is this good
usage, or are there other terms I should better be using for these?

Also, there's three moods I have no idea what I should call. They, roughly,
corresponds to English "ought to", "need to" and "must". The difference
between the two later is a bit blurry, but basically the former indicates an
inner need of the subject, the later an outside compulsion. Eg _ta raig koi_
"I must eat (because otherwise I starve)" vs _ta raig tsin_ "I must eat
(because someone forces me to)", _ta_ being the pronoun "I" and _raig_
present tense finite verb "eat(s)".


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