CHAT Graeca sine flexione (was: Greek plosives)
|From:||R A Brown <ray@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, February 2, 2006, 20:50|
taliesin the storyteller wrote:
> Graeca sine flexione, now that's a language that needs to be made!
> Any takers?
Well, the obvious form for the nouns IMO is the modern acc. singular
(without, of course, the final -n that Katharevousa would like us to add
to certain forms).
Obviously if there are no flexions, we have no grammatical gender
agreement, but that poses a slight problem with adjectives. Which form
do we take? IIRC Peano simply adopted the masc. & neuter ablative
singular. Where the adjectives already have a common form for masc. &
fem., the acc. singular should be taken; I guess where there is a
difference, the common masc. & neuter sing. should prevail. That means
the definite article is _to_ :)
Yes, I think the article should be kept - it's been around for four
millennia, so I think it's earnt its place :)
The modern language has gone a long way in simplifying the complicated
verbal system of ancient Greek - but I'll not go on.....
However, I can see some possible problems over agreeing on an
orthography & phonology ;)
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