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Re: Clauses, etc

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 29, 2002, 3:11
Joel wrote:
> I never really understood fully clauses and that sort of grammar, so in my > unseeing blindness, i attempted to construct a clause system. Basically, > you enclose the clause in "" if I am trying to say, "The man that > john hit yesterday is angry" Using that in English is should turn out to be > "Nihk The man john his yesterday il is angry". You follow? I hope I've got > the right idea with clauses here.
In that sentence, there are two clauses. A main clause "The man is angry" and a subordinate clause "John hit yesterday". In English, clauses are generally classified as either independent, meaning they can stand alone as sentences (e.g., "The man is angry") or subordinate, meaning they cannot stand separately (e.g., "John hit yesterday"). Break down that example. A man is angry. Which man? The man [who] John hit yesterday. "[who] John hit yesterday" modifies man. You could just mark all subordinate clauses with markers, like "The man nihk John hit yesterday il is angry", but you could also be more creative and use different markers for different kinds of subordinate clauses. For example, in your example, that clause is being used adjectivally. You could have another for clauses like "I know [that John is old]", perhaps, say, zak ... te. Thus, "I know that the man John hit yesterday is angry" would be "I know zak the man nihk John hit yesterday il is angry te" I hope there's something in here that'll help you. :-) -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42