Re: Problem with Tense
|From:||Jeffrey Jones <jsjonesmiami@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 1:24|
On Mon, 10 Dec 2007 08:51:35 +0100, Philip Newton
>On Dec 10, 2007 12:17 AM, Jeffrey Jones <jsjonesmiami@...> wrote:
>> However, by using a tense marker other than -en, it suggests that the cat
>> might shape-shift into something else.
>The same meaning could be implied by the English "That was a cat [but
>now it's a horse]", so I wouldn't worry too much about it -- it could
>well be a plausible idiom, in which case speakers might not think
>about the possible alternative meaning unless it was suggested by
>Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
In English, the distinction can be made by stress, as in "That *was* a cat."
This kind of thing isn't possible in MNCL5. I'm not sure I want to rely wholly on
context for this particular language.