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Aspects vs. Tenses in an All-Out Grudge Match! (was Artyom Kouzminykh; Answes&proposal)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Friday, August 20, 1999, 21:34
On Fri, 20 Aug 1999 14:11:51 -0700 Barry Garcia
<Barry_Garcia@...> writes:
>They are? Hmm tell that to the Austronesians who dont even have tense >in >their verbs, which only show aspect. To show time, we use adverbs of >time, >like tomorrow, today, now, yesterday, etc. Verbs conjugate according >to >aspect: finished, continuing, and contemplated.
I seem to remember reading that some people theorize that Proto-Semitic only had aspects, and not tenses. I never really understood what exactly the difference is....if an action is in the past, isn't it finished? And present actions are continuing, and future actions are only contemplated... -Stephen (Steg) "hhalomot zeh b'emet" ___________________________________________________________________ Get the Internet just the way you want it. Free software, free e-mail, and free Internet access for a month! Try Juno Web: