Re: relative tense and beyond!
|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 23, 1999, 14:32|
"Raymond A. Brown" wrote:
> And some of the controversy is pretty needless IMHO. It seems to be
> generated by those living about 100 years in the past when languages were
> held to belong to distinct groups: isolating, agglutinating, flexional. At
> best, these are _tendencies_ and very few (probably none) strictly keep
> within one camp.
True, however, if you acknowledge that the terms are imperfect, they are
usually quite useful. Most languages do tend to keep mostly in one or
the other group.
"It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father
was hanged." - Irish proverb
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