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Re: Latin a loglang? (was Re: Unambiguous languages (was: EU allumettes))

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Friday, May 14, 2004, 8:25
Quoting Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>:

> > > - the sequence "hätten geschlagen werden müssen" is > > > certainly another Delikatesse for connoisseurs > > > > That's pretty common even in colloquial spoken German (standard and > > dialectal). Many dialects rearrange the pieces a bit more linearly, > > though. > > > > Rhein-Franconian: "die haedde misse geschlah genn" > > Swedish: _hade måst bli slagna_. But you'd probably express it some other way > if > you were writing in Swedish to begin with.
Should perhaps add that while that works in my 'lect, it does not in those which do not have a supine form of _måste_ "must". This auxillary is quite defective; I think all varieties have present _måste_, many, incl mine, have perfect _har måst_ and pluperfect _hade måst_, some, but not incl mine, have infinitive _måsta_. I don't think there are any other tense forms in normal use anywhere, altho I've heard kids use _måstade_ for the past tense. Andreas