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Re: Parts of Speech

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Thursday, June 13, 2002, 19:08
On Wed, Jun 12, 2002 at 04:59:50PM -0400, Nik Taylor wrote:
> The Kassi divide words up into 3 major classes, each of which are > divided into three subclasses.
[snip] Fascinating. Ebisedi grammarians insist that Ebisedian only has 3 parts of speech: verbs, nouns, and "relatives" (or "relators", if you will). Verbs and nouns are easily understood; but "relatives" comprise of a large class of words varying in function from conjunctions and mood markers to correlative particles and subordinating particles, which are inflected for case, and pronoun-like back/forward-referencing ... uh, thingies, which are inflected for *two* cases. The sole criteria for "relatives" is to be a word that "relates" something to something else -- relating a noun to a noun, a sentence to another sentence, etc.. At any rate, so far the "relatives" break down to: - indeclinable particles: - mood markers: - optative particles (3) - subjunctive particles (3) - interrogative mood particles (3) - conjunctions/disjunctions (keve, miroo', miKa', zo) - correlative particles (2 + 3) - positive/negative particles (2: ji'e, my'e) - prepositional particles - demonstratives (3) - prepositions (18) - inflected for one case: - subordinating particles: ni ... di - nominalizing particle: ti ... timi - adjoining particle: li - inflected for two cases: - back-referencer: kili - reflexive quasi-pronoun: sili Hmm, that is a LOT of "relatives". Considering that I only have about 175+ words in the lexicon right now, I better get to working on those "content" words instead of these auxilliary words! :-P T -- The diminished 7th chord is the most flexible and fear-instilling chord. Use it often, use it unsparingly, to subdue your listeners into submission!