Stop Me Before I Call Them Verblets!
|From:||Jim Grossmann <steven@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, December 7, 2002, 17:00|
In my grammar for my latest imaginary language, Kranre, I don't have
infinitives, but use sequences of finite verbs to do the work that finite +
infinitive sequences do in English.
(Is that called a serial verb construction?)
But I have two kinds of participle.
1. One forms noun-adjuncts that do the work of brief particple clauses and
postpositional phrases. e.g.
MAN HOUSE BE-IN-NOUN.ADJUNCT.PARTICIPLE
(the man in the house)
WOMAN HORSE RIDE-NOUN.ADJUNCT.PARTICIPLE
(the woman riding the horse)
2. The other kind of participle forms verb-adjuncts that do the work of
brief absolute clauses.
SMOKE EMIT-VERB.ADJUNCT.PARTICIPLE CAR CRASH-PAST
(billowing smoke, the car crashed)
Any ideas on what I should call these kinds of participles?
Stop me before I call them "verblets"!
Thanks to all who answer,