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Re: My nameless tougue (was Re: New to Language Construction)

From:Adrian Morgan <morg0072@...>
Date:Friday, March 17, 2000, 6:55
Shreyas Sampat wrote:

> The generic 'tanu' <which I'm considering > cutting out> marks a tendency or a > statement that is usually true but may have > exceptions.
Yes, I would feel very uncomfortable with a grammar that assumes something to be absolutely true unless otherwise indicated. It depends on the culture, of course, but if we had such a construct in English I would regularly find myself in very deep trouble just by being a little lazy and not adding the generic. If your culture is not big on, for example, philosophical discussion, this is less of a problem.
> The imperfective 'fa' marks actions of a duration
Why is it that the word 'imperfect' is such an overloaded term in grammar?
> Retrospective 'mo' marks actions of continuing > relevance or future relevance, implying 'there > is a reason you, the listener, should know this' > or 'there is a reason the agent does/did/will > do this that will reveal itself in the fullness > of time.'
This suggests the language of a story-telling culture. Am I right?
> Well, that's the end of it. I'm pondering > whether to add a negative affix, or use a > prefix or some floating modifier.
More affixes? Sheesh! Adrian. --