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CONLANG  October 2007, Week 4

CONLANG October 2007, Week 4

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Re: Prevli: more "mood" names?

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"Mark J. Reed" <[log in to unmask]>

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Constructed Languages List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sun, 28 Oct 2007 15:37:27 -0400

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On 10/28/07, Eldin Raigmore <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> In English, at least, "I'm going to ..." carries a more immediate (tense-wise) or
> more realis (mood-wise) connotation than "I will ...".
>
> The "I'm going to X" construction comes from a biclausal construction in
> which "I am going" was the main clause and "to X" was the purpose-clause
> (whether an adjunct clause or a complement clause).
>
> The "I will X" construction comes from a biclausal construction in which "I will",
> meaning "I want", was the main clause, and something meaning "to X" was the
> complement clause.
>
> The difference is in "I'm going to X" I am already in motion, preparing to do X;
> while in "I will X", I merely express my desire and intent to do X -- eventually.

Maybe IYL, but for me, "I'm going to" has no connotation whatsoever of
immediacy.  Roger's example would sound perfectly natural with that
form:

"You've got to clean up this house!"
"I'm going to!" (someday)





-- 
Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>

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