Interesting way for verbs (IMHO)
|From:||Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, November 25, 1999, 12:02|
Sorry if you thought I made up a new inventive system for verbs, but I
didn't know a better title for this message.
Anyway, I was working on my verbs for Saalangal, and I wanted to have the
perfect tenses for interest, for my edification, and I came up with this
1. Take the word denoting posession: d=F3lat. It's not considered a verb
because it does not conjugate (ever).
2. Link it to a verb conjugated in a given tense. For instance, past tens=
"to wash (oneself)": kanidaks=E1pes (the form for "washed" is: daks=E1pe=
Kani- is the
prefix for reflexives.
3. Add the two together with a linker: nu/ng, and you get: "D=F3lat nu
kanidaks=E1pes" - Had washed (oneself).
To say: I had washed (myself) today, you say: D=F3lat nu kanidaks=E1pes =E9=
ngat=EDn. (lit. Have/posessing [linker] washed-reflexive =
I know, it's a lot like how it's formed in English and Spanish, but, it
works for me.
Anyway, hopefully i'll get some replies to this.
'The beginning calls for courage; the end demands care'