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From: "daniel andreasson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2002 6:34 PM
Subject: Re: My latest language: Yracnaji

> Joe Hill wrote:
> > There are two verbs in each sentence,
> Aha. Neat. A bit like help verb and main verb in English,
> but the information spread between the two.
> > Indicative 'n-'
> > Subjunctive 'j-'
> > Negative 'k-'
> > Imperative '-m'
> >
> > therefore 'Mehon uuryjo tanonip' means 'He must kill himself'
> > or 'may he kill himself'
> Wouldn't 'may he...' rather be _jehon_? If not, what would
> that mean?

Well, that's a form of optative, but 'may he' is a form of imperative.

> > Tense is defined by a suffix on the second verb
> >
> > Past '-on'
> > Present '-in'
> > Future '-an'
> > Possible Future '-en'
> What is "possible future"? As compared to the regular future
> I mean. In one of my conlangs I have two kinds of future. One
> where the speaker assures that the event will take place ("it
> WILL happen") and one which is more like "It might, is said,
> will probably happen". Is this anything like that?

Yes, the same thing.  Great minds think alike :-)

> > Aorist '-i'
> > Durative '-uu'
> > Stative '-o'
> What do these aspects mean? I guess that "durative" means
> that the event happens for some time, that it has a duration,
> and I'm guessing "stative" makes a state out of an event.
> Or? But I have no idea what the "aorist" does.

Durative is a continuous event, like 'He is Eating', or 'He was jumping' ,
Aorist is a completed event, like 'He ate' or 'he jumped'. Stative is a
normal present tense 'He eats'