Verb Mood questions.
|From:||Paul Edson <conlang@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, March 14, 2002, 15:45|
Actually, probably less questions than a series of
assumptions with a single question--is this how it works?
[Note that the "names" I've given the example moods may be
non-standard, and I'd appreciate being corrected. I believe
I've cribbed these names from reliable sources, but may have
pulled some of them out of my... err, out of the air.]
1. Assume that a notional language marks verbs for a range
of moods in the following fashion:
a. optative (speaker wishes for the statement to be true)
b. intentive (speaker intends to cause the statement to be
true) = -ap
c. assumptive (speaker assumes the statement to be true
because it would usually be) = -im
2. Given those assumptions, the following pairs of sentences
would convey (at least approximately) the same meaning.
a. I wish it would rain.
a. It rains-oc.
b. I will make him stop.
b. He stops-ap.
c. She usually arrives late.
c. She arrives-im late.
Am I understanding mood-marking at all? It *seems* right to
Paul Edson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"It might look as if I'm staring at you with a mixture of
contempt and disbelief, but I'm actually meditating."