Re: SV: Re: Tempus
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 6, 2001, 21:41|
Mefistofeles <mefistofeles@...> writes:
> >I'm also currently working at a language that is supposed to be
> >simple, but it won't be easy, because I think it can't be for
> >everyone. The structure was indeed inspired by Mandarin, but actually
> >now it turned out to be totally different. :-)
> How come?
I started to think that when using some principles of Mandarin
grammar, a very nice and simple structure could be constructed if the
principles were used consistently without exception. But when
starting with these idealised principles, not with Mandarin grammar,
this led to a structure quite different from Mandarin, although the
principles were inspired by (but not totally taken over from)
The following example shows that the structure is quite different:
English: You life, as it has been, is over.
Tyl-Seok: kek ly nil xyt nein ti xou ?eo.
PERF DET manner birth please you last-until I
Structure: [[PERF DET manner].V
[birth.AGT please.V you.PAT].PAT
(AGT=agent/controller, V=verb, PAT=patient,
Literally: The (now over) manner that your birth has used to
please you existed until now.
Yes, this is a citation from Startrek. :-)