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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 ;) -- Ray ================================== ================================== MAKE POVERTY HISTORY


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