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Lingu Frakas...question re: TMA (tenses, mood & aspects)

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Sunday, May 14, 2000, 20:11
In a message dated 2000/05/14 11:43:15 AM, Ray wrote:

>_xi_ (past), _xa_ (now), _xe_ (what may be) has an Esperantine or >Volapükish feel about it to me, i.e. the regimentation that con-IALists so >often try to impose on language. As 'Lingu Frakas' is in your own words an >artlang pidgin/creole it might be better to have three unrelated >monosyllabic particles (maybe even chosen randomly - or serendipitously). >
I snagged _xi_ (actually it was _bi_ in the original), _xa_, & _xe_ from a Portuguese creole. Yep, I am still working on this TenseMoodAspect thing... I might have a separate pidgin word for each tense: like Tok Pisin' s future tense _bai_ or baimbai_, and for past tense _bin/ben_ (common to several pidgins & creoles) and then just use aspects to cover differences in present tense, etc..
>Looks a bit like western linear ordering of time which, I think (tho I may
>well be mistaken), Jonathan did not particularly want to adhere to.
Did I say that? ... :) I don't think so (except perhaps in regards to the word and idea of "timeline"). As to differences in progressive & continuative, I am still working it out. Maybe better is periodic/sporadic & continuative? ahhh... ::wihdraws to drawing board:::