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Re: Keeping Track of Ambiguity in your Conlang?

From:Pablo David Flores <pablo-flores@...>
Date:Saturday, August 31, 2002, 16:20
Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...> writes:

> On 30 Aug 02, at 17:37, Amanda Babcock wrote: > > > I was thinking more of accidentally creating an inflection > > that makes an *inflected* form that is the same as a different > > *root* form (or, for that matter, as a totally different > > inflected form).
Spanish has an annoying problem with some verbs in this respect: amamos 'we love' or 'we loved' abrimos 'we open' or 'we opened' Only context will tell you what the real tense is.
> You mean like English "lie, past lay" vs "lay, past laid"? :) > This one causes a *lot* of speakers to use "lay" in the sense of "lie"
L2 speakers, too. :) This is one of the things your English teacher writes on one corner of the blackboard and never ever erases. --Pablo Flores