Relative clauses - 2nd attempt
|Date:||Thursday, August 3, 2006, 12:12|
I apologize for the previous imprecision.
There are two questions in this message & I seem to have gottent
them mixed up!
The verb in Senjecas is marked only for mood:
-a = indicative,
-o = subjuncive,
-e = imperative.
I want to indicate a relative clause by a marked verb; there are no
relative pronouns or adverbs in Senjecas. I want to indicate this
with a -u ending on the verb. The language is SOV so the relative
clause would precede its noun.
The man who is standing is my father.
n-us-ë sâât-u µîr-us m-úsïo âp-as ês-a.
Question #1: Can I call this the relative mood?
Without a definite article a sentence in the indicative mood could
be either general or specific. E.g.:
nib-êes óós-vi µêrs-a
That could mean either "The cheetahs run swiftly" (some specific
cheetahs I am watching) or "Cheetahs run swiftly" (all cheetahs).
I want to use the preposed particle (not prefix) _im_ to mark the
generic meaning. Thus:
nib-êes óós-v-' im µêrs-a could only mean "cheetahs run swiftly."
GPTC (GENERIC PARTICLE)
Question #2: Is this structure known as generic mood or generic
aspect or generic something else?
I hope this clarifies my previous muddled attempt.