Re: New Language Sketch
|From:||nicole perrin <nicole.eap@...>|
|Date:||Monday, February 28, 2000, 3:40|
> nicole perrin <nicole.eap@...> wrote:
> >Tense (past, present, future), aspect (perfect, imperfect, progressive)
> >and mood (indicative, negative, imperative) are marked on an auxiliary
> >verb, <skan>
> Is this compulsory? How much can you leave out?
This, yes, is one of the few compulsory bits. In fact, it's the only
thing that's totally retained in all the dialects.
> >A prefix is required to determine what part of speech (noun, verb,
> >adjective, adverb) a particular word is.
> This seems a bit excessive, especially for nouns and verbs.
> What *I* would do is merge the noun-PoS mark and the case
> mark, for example (either as a prefix or a suffix). The
> verb should need no mark, since it's in a fixed and
> conspicuous place.
Yes, after later examination I too decided it was a bit much, so I'm
thinking of (at least in some dialects) having a lot of things assumed,
so a lot of marking becomes optional. I think the only POS I'll mark
for from now on will be adj/adv, which I'll merge. And marking for
agent/patient will become optional in some dialects because it will be
assumed that the higher noun is the agent.
Thanks for the response!