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Re: Aspect + Mood combinations

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Friday, July 28, 2006, 17:27
James W. wrote:
> > 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?
I suppose each A+M is also subdivided by Tense??
> > combinations > ASPECT MOOD ENGLISH equivalents > (perf) + (imperat) [none?]
What about: "Have your report finished by noon tomorrow" ?? Sort of a Future Perf. Imperative?? Or would it be Imperf., since the report is unfinished at the time of speaking?
> (perf) + (dubit) doubted that > (perf) + (neg) did not > (perf) + (optat) &#8220;wanted to ----&#8221;
Where would "have (always) doubted that...", "have not.../do not..." et al. fit in? Generic statements? (snips)
> (incept) + (dubit) ??
"beginning to doubt..., becoming uncertain that..., (it's) likely to... "??? Never having studied a Slavic language, I'm a little bit uncertain just how perf/imperf. aspects work :-((((


James W. <emindahken@...>