Compound Tense Mystery
|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, July 8, 2003, 22:31|
So, most of you probably know by now (due to the number of times i've
mentioned it) that Rokbeigalmki conjugates its verbs by means of
"subject-tense complexes" which combine a subject pronoun and a vowel
which signifies the tense/aspect/mood (the categories aren't distinct in
There are 5 vowels/diphthongs used for this:
U /u/ = past (perfect)
OI /Oj/ = present-routine
A /a/ = present-immediate
II /aj/ = future (irrealis)
E /E/ = command (imperative/jussive)
Examples, using the pronoun |EZ| "you (singular)" and the verb |RIS|
EZU-RIS = you learned
EZOI-RIS = you learn (in general)
EZA-RIS = you're learning (right now)
EZII-RIS = you'll learn
EZE-RIS = (you,) learn!
But, there are also compound tenses. I put up a gif of a chart of the
compound tenses at:
(as you can see, when you make compound tenses the |Z| of the pronoun
gets echoed between the vowels)
So, i already have some of the combinations set, but i'm wondering what
the others could mean. Now, not all of them *have* to mean anything
(blanks in the system is realistic, after all ;-) ), but i'm just
wondering if anyone can come up with uses for them.
Here are the compound examples:
EZUZU-RIS = you learned (a long time ago), (once upon a time) you learned
EZUZOI-RIS = you used to learn (in general)
EZUZA-RIS = (one specific time) you were learning
EZUZII-RIS = ?
EZUZE-RIS = ?
EZOIZU-RIS = ?
EZOIZOI-RIS = you always learn, you're always learning
EZOIZA-RIS = you're always learning (and every second is significant)
EZOIZII-RIS = ?
EZOIZE-RIS = ?
EZAZU-RIS = you just learned, you just finished learning
EZAZOI-RIS = you're learning (right now, but it feels like forever)
EZAZA-RIS = you're learning right now (and may be finished by the time i
EZAZII-RIS = you're about to learn
EZAZE-RIS = ?
EZIIZU-RIS = you would have learned (but were unable to)
EZIIZOI-RIS = you will learn (in general)
EZIIZA-RIS = you will be learning (at a specific time)
EZIIZII-RIS = you would learn (and may still)
EZIIZE-RIS = ?
EZEZU-RIS = ?
EZEZOI-RIS = ?
EZEZA-RIS = ?
EZEZII-RIS = ?
EZEZE-RIS = ?
So can anyone come up with any possible meanings or uses of the "?"
combinations? I can see how the combinations with the command tense
vowel may not make sense, but can anyone make sense of the others?
"how can help ease your pain, city of gold?"
~ 'city of gold' by blue fringe