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Re: Tense on Nouns

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Saturday, February 17, 2007, 6:26
On Feb 16, 2007, at 10:42 AM, Brian B wrote:

> I was reading the discussion on Time Travel and Grammar and came up > with an idea that I thought I'd share/bounce off everyone: What if the > tense was attached to the noun instead of the verb? So that it'd look > something like this:
There is a lot of information available online; just google "noun tense" and "nominal tense". Louisa Sadler and Rachel Nordlinger in particular have written a lot about it. I agree it's a really cool idea for a conlang. You could also mark mood and aspect on nouns. For example, you could have a sentence meaning "I'm looking for a friend", i.e. "I'm looking for someone who would be a friend" as opposed to "I'm looking for a specific person who actually is a friend" by putting "friend" in the irrealis or conditional or subjunctive mood.