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Re: Requesting some challenging sentences

From:Alex Fink <a4pq1injbok_0@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 26, 2005, 5:10
On Tue, 25 Oct 2005 19:35:20 -0700, Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...> wrote:

>--- Jonathan Knibb <j_knibb@...> wrote: >> (1) You give the example "I am running." for >> handling progressive aspect, >> which involves a lexical change in the copula and a >> shift of the 'verb' to A >> position. How do you handle this when the verb is >> transitive -- for example, >> "I am eating an apple."? > >It seems I have two choices; either alter the grammar >to allow a greater variety of structures, or embed >more information in each word by inflecting them. For >example, using a prefix on O-words to flag their >tense, voice and aspect: > >Ku vilero emporu. I run-to (the) market. >Ku pavilero emporu. I ran-to (the) market. >Ku bevilero emporu. I am-running-to (the) market. > >That's works nicely, but kinda messes up my original >intention of having no inflections of any kind.
How about just using <ite> in the S position, which you seem to be fond of anyway? So "I am eating an apple" would be I is-in-state eating (it) affects/has-patient apple. Alex