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Re: Noun and noun or noun

From:Joshua Shinavier <ajshinav@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 25, 1999, 11:49
> 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 > >> yet. > > > >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 > examples: > > ja soun = a thought > ne soun = many thoughts > an soun = thinking, or maybe the conscious mind. hmmm.
In Aroven (the name means "language of thought", btw. :) thoughts are distinct from thinking. A "thought", as a dynamic phenomenon in the human brain, does by definition exist without thinking, but a "thought" in the idea sense, as I think you meant it above, is independent of the brain or body and so from thinking. The question of whether a "thought" exists in the brain or not is irrelevant, as "ayd" (as it is called in Aroven), does not "exist" (endo) at all.
> ja ra = a step > ne ra = many steps > an ra = motion, movement, going
This would be a more direct transformation :)
> ja kiuw = a touch, a tap > ne kiuw = many taps > an kiuw = touching, feeling, etc.
So an kiuw has to do with the "experience" of touching? That might be interesting. JJS