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Re: Tense on Nouns

From:Aquamarine Demon <aquamarine_demon@...>
Date:Saturday, February 17, 2007, 5:31
>>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: I-(present)-(agent) type-(action) email-(present)-(direct object). And potentially, I guess you could have different tenses for different nouns in the sentence. I-(present)-(agent) see-(action) him-(past)-(direct object). And maybe with the last example, also have a thing denoting on the noun the day it was seen, like him-(past)-(yesterday)-(direct object). I assume this has been done/is done somewhere and would like suggestions for further examples of implementation. Peace and Light, B<< Hi there! This is a fascinating idea, and I'm toying with it. Several natlangs actually have tense on the nouns. If you'd like to know how they work in natlangs, there's a language miniature on it: There used to be a PDF file out there that explained it a little more in-depth, but the page seems to have disappeared. Ah well. Good luck with this, should you decide to do it! The Aquamarine Demon "There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." - Bertrand Russell ____________________________________________________________________________________ It's here! Your new message! Get new email alerts with the free Yahoo! Toolbar.