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Re: Verbal distinctions

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 19, 2003, 12:12
Quoting vaksje <vaksje@...>:

> Let me coin a few words: > uri "I" > tana- "to want" > kitu- "to live" > -0 (finite suffix) > -k ('special' suffix) > > English: _I want to live_ (want:FIN live:INF.) > Random Conlang: _uri kitu tanak_ or _tanak kitu_ "I want to live" (want:? > live:FIN) > > This way it's very easy to go from _uri kitu_ ("I live") to _uri kitu tanak_ > ("I > want to live"), instead of **_uri kitu_ > **_uri tana kituk_ or **_uri kituk > tana_. The advantage to this is... well there isn't any, but I like it! The > only > real problem is I have really no idea what to call this 'special' mode. > Calling > it an infinitive is misguiding, since AFAIK it clashes with the way it is > usually used. Any ideas?
If I'm reading this arightly, what you suggest is at least on the surface very similar to what happens in (my conlang) Tairezazh. You'd get _ta ken_ "I live" and _ta ken zent_ "I want to live". _Ken_ is still the finite verb - putting this in the past tense yields _ta kenk_ "I lived" and _ta kenk zent_ "I wanted to live". However, _zent_ "to want" isn't syntactically a verb at all - it's an uninflectable adverb. Perhaps your -k could be interpreted as an adverbizer? Andreas


vaksje <vaksje@...>