Re: Optatives (Was: Re: Making Lots of Money (no spam!))
|From:||Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, July 1, 2002, 7:54|
--- "H. S. Teoh" wrote:
> In Ebisedian, there is not really a verb for "want"; instead, there is a
> "strong optative particle", _0so'_, which indicates desire, exhortation,
> or command. So, to want to do something would be rendered
> 0so' co'mi ...
> (opt) he ...
> There is also a "regular optative particle", _oso'_, but in this context
> it sounds a bit wishy-washy: "I wish I could earn a lot of money". The
> "weak optative particle", _uso'_, wouldn't make sense in this context: "I
> really prefer to earn a lot of money, but I won't insist on it."
Yeah, optatives ARE nice, I must admit that. Askaic has it as well. But during
the process of working on it, I decided to extend its meaning somewhat to
obligations, replacing the word "must".
So, "I must go home now" looks like:
I go-OPT home now.
Hattic, on the other hand, has no optative either. The original optative
meaning ("May he live long!") is represented by the conjunctive, preceded by
the particle "pu", while the word "must" is represented by "võz" ("to have").
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