Re: Noun and noun or noun
|From:||Sylvia Sotomayor <sylvia1@...>|
|Date:||Monday, May 24, 1999, 16:05|
At 10:07 AM 5/20/99 +0200, Joshua Shinavier <Ajshinav@...> wrote:
>>Sylvia Sotomayor wrote:
>> Maintaining a collective plural gets to be interesting when dealing with
>> abstract nouns, and I would tell you more, but I haven't worked it all out
>I'd be interested to hear what you've got so far. Arove"n tends to shy away
>from plurals for abstract topics. For instance, two "thoughts" together are
>also a thought, singular, although a more complex one; if they are thought
>separately or deliberately kept apart in some way then you use the plurals.
>Well, one thought was to turn them into actions. One feature of Kelen is
that it doesn't have the grammatical category of verb. But, semantically,
there are still a number of action words. When I was much younger, I read
too many books on Zen for Westerners, and I still vaguely remember this
concept of a 'thing-event'. So, when trying to figure out what a collective
plural could be, this concept came back to me. I'm not sure if Kelen is
actually going to do this, but, in the meantime, here are some possible
ja soun = a thought
ne soun = many thoughts
an soun = thinking, or maybe the conscious mind. hmmm.
ja ra = a step
ne ra = many steps
an ra = motion, movement, going
ja kiuw = a touch, a tap
ne kiuw = many taps
an kiuw = touching, feeling, etc.
Like I said, I'm still thinking about this.