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Re: Lingua Frakas...TMA (tenses,mood & aspects)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, May 14, 2000, 21:04
Jonathan Chang wrote:
> So far, most of the pidgins & creoles I have been looking at have a > division of past & non-past, too. Maybe this is part & parcel of the tendency > of pidgins/creoles to reduce & simplify...
Pidgins/creoles sometimes have *more* complexity in certain aspects than the lexifier, especially after being used for a while, the best example is Bislama [and other pidgins/creoles in the region] which has pronouns like _yumitrifala_ (1st person inclusive trial), because, of course, the local languages make those same distinctions. So, if the local languages used a complex tense/aspect system, it might make sense that Synthrax would do that with the lexifier's words. -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson "Glassín wafilái pigasyúv táv pifyániivav nadusakyáavav sussyáiyatantu wawailáv ku suslawayástantu ku usfunufilpyasváditanva wafpatilikániv wafluwáiv suttakíi wakinakatáli tiDikáufli!" - nLáf mÁldu nÍmasun ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor