On Thu, 24 Oct 2002 09:24:43 -0400 Ian Maxwell <[log in to unmask]> writes: > 'Allo, > > Apparently I've been thinking about conlanging in my sleep, because > I > just invented a new verb aspect. Or re-invented it, more likely. > > Specicifically, I'm conceiving of an aspect that marks having the > ability to do something. So, it would turn "to run" into "to be able > to > run". There could also be a seperate aspect for being allowed to do > something, so that it would become "to be allowed to run". And, > while > we're at it, there could be one for willingness ("to be willing to > run"). > > Does anyone know of an existing language (conlangs included) that > marks > any of these? If not, I nominate the terms abilitative, permissive, > and... um, I don't know. Any suggestions for the third? One (so far) dialect of Kinsi Rorotan sort of has the "abilitative" and "permissive". in this dialect, _ask_ and _koz_, usually used as separate verbs, are prefixed to a verb, the same way verb aspects are usually formed in Kinsi Rorotan. Kinsi Rorotan also has the third, which I call "optative". Robert Wilson (Elentirno Pereldar) (mailto:[log in to unmask]) ><(((> ><(((> <)))>< ><(((> ><(((> I yessessë Eru ontanë Menel ar Cemen. I yessessë ëa Quetta ar Quetta né as Eru ar Eru né Quetta. "Ananwa," eque erye, "i ilúvë ná carmë Eruva. Ilyë nati nar tanwi Erullo."