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Ago again (was: case system)

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Monday, April 7, 2008, 7:53
> Eric Christopherson wrote: >> On Apr 6, 2008, at 11:30 PM, ROGER MILLS wrote: >>> Shenji yawurisa etengi tayu 5 pehan cosa "Sheji wrote this book 5 >>> years ago" >>> name 3sg-write-past book(+0 acc) this 5 year go(ne) >> >> I love that way of marking "___ ago"! Is it based on a natlang >> construction? .... > > Not to my knowledge, but it wouldn't surprise me. For that matter, where > does Engl. "ago" come from?
This has been discussed before on this list. It's a watered down form of earlier 'a-gone'. Thus, in "she wrote this five years a-gone", 'five years a-gone' is an absolute phrase = 'five years having passed'. -- Ray ================================== ================================== Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora. [William of Ockham]