Sinthrax=> Lingu Frakas...question re: TMA (tenses,mood & aspects)
|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, May 13, 2000, 23:57|
Jonathan Chang wrote:
> _mito-xi_ - "remote/mythological perfective past tense"
> _anci-xi_ - "ancient historical or distant perfective past " "
> _xi_ - perfective past tense (combinable with words denoting
> seconds, minutes, hours, days, etc.)
> _xe-xi_ - incomplete/unfinished past tense
> _s'xa_ - progressive
> _xa_ continuative
> _xe_ potential or irrealis
I could see this happening if the substrate language used those tenses,
but the forms seem implausible (particularly, mito- and anci-), IMO.
First, where does _xi_ come from? My suggestion would be something like
(using English words):
[what exactly is the distinction between "progressive" and
From what I understand of creoles, gramatical markers tend to be taken
from the lexifier, so whatever the lexifier is, you could take the
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