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Re: A little entertainment

From:Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 21, 2000, 19:17
On Tue, 21 Mar 2000, Irina Rempt wrote:

>I considered that, but I wanted to avoid the impression that Valdyan >has a progressive form; the present or simple past is used for >everything unless it's *very* important that it's just one moment, >and eating a boy usually takes more time than that. (The punctual >aspect would have meant either "took a bite out of the boy" or >"devoured the boy in one gulp" :-)
OK, I see. In Talarian, it doesn't matter how long it takes the wolf to eat the boy; just whether the action is over and done; not yet over and done; or it don't matter one way or the other.
>> Sometimes the compounding feature turns out nice! Coordinate >> substantival stems can be strung along to form a single word. In this >> instance, there are two nominal stems, so the resulting word will be >> declined in the dual number. > >Neat. > >> The others (above) can't work this way because they aren't coordinate >> with respect to one another (i.e., the wolf and dog aren't in the same >> category with respect to dining on boyflesh). > >Ah, I see. It doesn't matter that dogs don't usually eat boys and >wolves do, but only the present situation.
Right. It could be a fish or an orc; just so long as the two nouns are of equivalent categories. Padraic.
> Irina