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Re: Tense on Nouns

From:Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>
Date:Saturday, February 17, 2007, 13:36
Den 17. feb. 2007 kl. 10.04 skrev Reilly Schlaier:

> what if the tense was marked on both noun and verb > the noun's tense denoting wen and the verbs tense acting as a > normal tense > (that sounds weird in my head, but i hope you understand) > so > I(pres) to see(past) him(past) > would mean "I saw the past version of him"
It seems to me that you don't need both of them, at least mostly. Anyhow I think people who mark time on nouns get a different perspective from those who mark it on verbs. Perhaps it gives them a more continuous perspective. What we others do is to picture an event before we relate to it. That picture of the event is pretty much timeless, extracted from time. In the other point of view you have an emphasis on the entity the event happens to, an entity which is not timeless, but is subject to change, creation or annihilation any time. Somehow I wonder what would have been the effect if Greek marked tense on nouns in Plato's time... LEF