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Re: "to be" or "not to be"

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Saturday, June 14, 2008, 2:00
Anyway. I was looking in my Roget's Thesaurus and in the front, Roget
has the Tabular Synopsis of Categories.  This seems like a good
compendium of root meaning that I could work from as a basis for some
roots for my new lang. Under existence, there is an entry for
"Inexistence." Roget has a pile of words that related to this, but it
got me thinking. Is there a language that has a specific word for non
existence eg. "not to be"? I find it fascinating to think in those terms
and would like to see how it might have worked elsewhere.

I'm not sure if this is philosophically different from what you
were thinking of, but there are tons of languages with negative
copulae.  Something like:

Ma tan kala.
/I COP beautiful/
"I am beautiful."

Ma lor kala.
/I NEG.COP beautiful/
"I am not beautiful."

"A male love inevivi i'ala'i oku i ue pokulu'ume o heki a."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison


Eugene Oh <un.doing@...>
Scotto Hlad <scott.hlad@...>