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More on Lyanjen verbs

From:Matt McLauchlin <matt_mcl@...>
Date:Thursday, September 28, 2000, 14:21
>I presume here, but I think Matt may consider "ian" the subject of the >above >sentence (correct me if I'm wrong, Matt), whence his dilemma.
Yea. (Maybe "subject" isn't the right term in such a fucked-up construction; maybe "theme" or "focus" or something would be better.) Maybe if
>you said it was like German? There is overlap between certain persons in >conjugations, but there are distinct endings for various persons in a >conjugation, the subject pronouns are obligatory, and no one suggests that >you could drop them because the subject is "in the verb".
OK then, German. (The rationale could be this very problem! I.e. omitting the subject turns it into a passivesque construction. Ger skic clairan = She breaks the window. Skic clairan = The window gets broken. (Clairan skic = The window breaks.) Too, how about a
>complete paradigm of a verb in the present tense, so we can see what it >looks like?
Present simple/progressive. First conjugation (verbs ending in an unstressed monophthongal vowel): ebnu (to come) (pronouns are in nominative) ia ebnu iaja ebnusa na ebnub bua ebnuja ga ebn gaja ebnuga Participle: ebnand Second conjugation (all other verbs) teuc (to love) (pronouns are in ergative) iar teuca iaja teucas nar teucab bua teucaj ga teuc gaja teucag Enjoy. Blessed be, Écartons ces romans Matt McLauchlin qu'on appèle systèmes, GM18, Montreal, Canada Et pour nous éléver English/français/esperanto descendons dans nous-mêmes. icq: 4420218 -Voltaire _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at Share information about yourself, create your own public profile at