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THEORY: a division of non-Personal tenses?

From:Rodlox R <rodlox@...>
Date:Thursday, June 30, 2005, 21:34
  I suspect there are, but I think I should perhaps ask: are there extant
languages which divide non-Personal tenses into "animal" and "other" ?

an example of what I'm looking for a name for the phenomenon, is at  for example:

word // Moghul translation // tense // example

*  have  // qa"an  //  Non-Person Possessing, Past & Present Tense  //   The
boulder has lichen (on it), The boulder had moss growing (on it), The book
is damaged, The book has damage (to it).

* have  // qa"ana  // Non-Person Possessing, Future Tense    //  The boulder
will have moss on it.

* have, attached-to  // qeda=  // Animal Possessing, Present Tense  //   The
horse has a leech (on it).

* have, attached-to  // qe"eda  // Animal Possessing, Past Tense    //  The
horse had a leech (on it)

Thank you all for your time and patience.  Any & all replies are welcomed.


David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>