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CONLANG  August 2009, Week 3

CONLANG August 2009, Week 3

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Re: LoCoWriMo: Story Tense

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Jörg Rhiemeier <[log in to unmask]>

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Constructed Languages List <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 20 Aug 2009 17:06:03 +0200

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Hallo!

On Wed, 19 Aug 2009 12:01:55 -0700, Arthaey Angosii wrote:

> What tense do other languages use when telling stories?
> 
> In English, novels are usually in past tense. Orally told stories are
> sometimes in past tense, other times in "narrative present tense" (or
> whatever it's called).

In German, novels are usually in past tense.  Oral stories are in past
tense, perfect (which in colloquial German is used much as a past tense)
or occasionally present tense.

AFMCL, Old Albic uses the aorist (a form expressing perfective aspect
unmarked for tense) as tense of narration.

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