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Re: Voice, Mood, Tense, a minimalist perspective

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 31, 2003, 19:10
Suraq nda Herman Miller:

> On Mon, 29 Dec 2003 08:53:21 -0800, Gary Shannon wrote: > > >Who votes for which tenses? > > I think the most you'd need would be a past / non-past distinction, as long > as the language has some distinctions of aspect (at least perfective vs. > imperfective). ... Moods could be mostly worked around, but a basic realis /
> distinction would be useful; you'll also need imperatives. You can almost > get by without voice distinctions if your nouns are marked for case, > although reflexives would be useful to have. But if your language has > participles, it'd be nice to have an active / passive distinction.
I wanted to give the same list replying directly to Gary before I read yours, Herman :)) That's pretty close to the scheme I was designing for my pseudo-Austronesian ergative/stative project (yet unnamed). Now it's lying on a shelf waiting for its turn, 'coz I need time and much more preparatory work for an a posteriori Semitic-based project I've got recently interested in. -- Yitzik