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Re: Request for COMMENTS

From:julien eychenne <eychenne.j@...>
Date:Thursday, July 11, 2002, 10:18
le jeu 11-07-2002 à 10:27, Jim Grossmann a écrit :
> Hi, everybody, > > Thanks in advance for any comments you have on my latest conlang idea... > > > > ...the germ of simple-yet-strange (to the English speaker) syntax.
Hi, First I would suggest that you add for motion, 'origin' for the second argument, as : The man comes from London. I don't know if it will be helpfull, but I give you Dik's classification of States of Affairs (SoA), which is to me a very clever (though not perfect) classification (SoA's in sabyuka are greatly inspired by Dik's). Here it is (simplified) : -----------------------------------SoA---------------------------------- -------------[- dynamic]----------------------- [+dynamic]-------------- --------------Situation---------------------------Event----------------- ---[-+control]---------[-control]--------[-+control]-------[-control]--- ----Position-------------State------------Action-------------Process---- So : Position : John (positioner) keeps money in an old sock State : The ball (zero) is in the box. Action : John (Agent) broke the pen. Process : John (processed) is sleeping. Of course it is really more consistent, but I think it could help to distinguish, for instance, between a controlled change and a non controlled change. The man turned into an owl. vs The man made himself pretty (don't know if it's correct english, but I hope you understand what I mean ;)). If you're interested in knowing more about that, you can read "The Theory of Functional Grammar", vol1, Simon C. Dik.It is easy-reading :). Julien.