Re: THEORY: Tenses (was: Re: THEORY: ... Auxiliaries...)
|Date:||Monday, July 11, 2005, 17:35|
Thank you, Ray, Doug, and others.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Ray Brown <ray.brown@F...> wrote:
> On Sunday, July 10, 2005, at 01:26 , Doug Dee wrote:
> > In a message dated 7/9/2005 2:17:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> > tomhchappell@Y... writes:
> >> [snip]
> >> You mean, like CE and BCE?
> > Right. No language has a tense for events BCE
> > and a tense for events CE.
> So I should think! 'twould be a tad culturally biased, methinks.
But is it true that no natlang is culturally biased?
And if natlangs are not culturally biased, why not?
> we'll be looking for langusages with different tenses for
> before and after
> the Hejira, or before and after the Annus Mundi
> of the Jewish Calendar, or
> wonder why Latin never developed special tenses
> for events that happened
> before the founding of the City :-D
Granted /that/ it didn't --- /why/ didn't it? seriously?
Tom H.C. in MI