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Aspect + Mood combinations

From:James W. <emindahken@...>
Date:Friday, July 28, 2006, 16:01
Hey all,

I've been working on the TAM system of my current
project a:seka`eni. Right now there are 3 aspect
particles and 7 mood particles. I've been combining
them to see what would happen and have come across
a few that I can't think of an English equivalent
for. I list the 18 combinations (interrogative
particle is separate from the other 6 modals.)

Aspects: perfective, imperfective, inceptive
Moods: imperative, dubitative, negative, optative,
permissive, conditional

Have I interpreted these correctly? And what would
the ones with question marks mean, if anything?
Are there any others that you can think of from
any con- or natlang examples?

ASPECT    MOOD        ENGLISH equivalents
(perf) + (imperat)    [none?]
(perf) + (dubit)      doubted that
(perf) + (neg)        did not
(perf) + (optat)      &#8220;wanted to ----&#8221;
(perf) + (permiss)    could/may have
(perf) + (cond)       would have
(imperf) + (imperat)  [none?]
(imperf) + (dubit)    was doubting
(imperf) + (neg)      smth wasn&#8217;t happening
(imperf) + (optat)    was wanting
(imperf) + (permiss)  had ongoing permission
(imperf) + (cond)     ??
(incept) + (imperat)  basic command form
(incept) + (dubit)    ??
(incept) + (neg)      smth not beginning
(incept) + (optat)    want smth to start
(incept) + (permiss)  permission to begin smth?
(incept) + (cond)     would begin

James W.


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>