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Re: Languages (like French)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 7, 2000, 20:47
En réponse à DOUGLAS KOLLER <LAOKOU@...>:

> > This is really interesting if this is the way the French are taught to > understand their own language. When *we* were in school, we were taught > four > groups: -ER verbs (verbes de la 1ère conjugaison), -IR verbs (verbes de > la > 2ème conjugaison)(like "finir"), -RE verbs (verbes de la 3ème > conjugaison)(like "vendre"), and everything else (deemed "irregular"). > The > 1st, 2nd, 3rd ranking was based on the sheer number of verbs in that > category (though it could probably be easily argued that "irregulars" > outstrip the third conjugation, but perhaps the powers that be wanted to > keep parity with the other Romance langs, and -RE verbs are at least > "regular"). Later, in university, there were hushed rumors about a > "3rd1/2" > or "4th" conjugation (verbs in -OIR(E), I think)(I learned 'em as > irregulars). For my lower level students (say, grades 3-6), the texts > we're > using take this traditional approach (sans 4th conjugation), with which, > of > course, I am at home and comfortable, and they do tend to bunch > "irregulars" > of a type together (a luxury *we*, if I remember correctly, didn't > always > have). Upper level students (say, grades 6/7-8) use a collegiate text > (not > of my choosing), which says that verbs like "dormir" and "sortir" are > the > real "-IR" verbs and that verbs like "finir" and "blanchir" are a > bizarre > subclass to be treated separately, setting up its own 31/2 groups. Oh, > well. >
Indeed, in French classes I had we had the "first group" (verbs like "aimer"), second group (verbs like "finir") and the "third group" carrying all the other verbs, whether they are in -RE, -OIR(E), -IR or completely irregular (like "faire": to do). I don't remember where an irregular verb like "aller": to go fell in though...