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Degrees of volition in active languages

From:taliesin the storyteller <taliesin@...>
Date:Monday, August 14, 2000, 11:34
* Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> [000813 23:41]:
> "H. S. Teoh" wrote: > > What I meant to say was, I know that sometimes languages do gain > > complexity, but I haven't quite figured out why it would. > > Quite simply, words become affixes. For example, in the development of > Latin to the Romance Langs, the original future tense had been lost (due > to sound changes that caused it to be homophonous with the imperfect in > certain conjugations, IIRC). The Romans used several ways to get around > it, once was infinitive + habere, originally with a meaning of something > like "have to ___", thus, instead of the classic _cantabo:_ (I will > sing), you had _cantare habeo_, by the time you get to the Romance > langs, this has been contracted to (for Spanish) _cantaré_ < _cantar_ + > _he_ (the descendant of habeo). [..]
I see you have read (due to the cantabo > cantare habeo example) "Language Universals and Linguistic Typology: Syntax and Morphology" by Bernard Comrie. Excellent book, and of course I've forgotten to write a review of it... t.