Re: Stop Me Before I Call Them Verblets!
|From:||Jeff Jones <jeffsjones@...>|
|Date:||Friday, December 13, 2002, 13:02|
On Tue, 10 Dec 2002 04:42:45 -0800, Joseph Fatula <fatula3@...>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Jim Grossmann" <steven@...>
>Sent: Saturday, December 07, 2002 8:59 AM
>Subject: Stop Me Before I Call Them Verblets!
>> 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
>> (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,
>Perhaps just verbs that can be used to make dependant clauses? That view
>seems perfectly fine to me. Just as we in English have participular forms
>of verbs, you might have adjunct-clause forms of verbs.
I might call the latter type coverbs, but I'm certainly no expert.