Re: isolating is equivalent to inflected
|Date:||Monday, December 5, 2005, 18:20|
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, João Ricardo de Mendonça
>So, for example, English "played" cannot be broken down into two
>words play + did. You can't have words between them (compare: "He
>will _probably_ play with us", but not * "He play probably did").
>The fact that sometime in the past people actually spoke "He play
>did" instead of "He played" does not affect the way current English
>speakers analise their language.
Are there some who believe that the past tense in English was formed
in this way, _verb_ + _did_? IIRC, a dental bound morpheme used to
indicate past time is as old as PIE.
English: played, slept