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Re: New Language Sketch

From:nicole perrin <nicole.eap@...>
Date:Monday, February 28, 2000, 3:40
FFlores wrote:
> > 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! Nicole --