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Christophe Grandsire nevesht: > >En réponse à Nik Taylor <[log in to unmask]>: > > > > > Are you sure that's not meant to be simply "It's forever gone" with a > > single word, rather than a phrase? > > > >Well, it was written with two words. Also, whether it is written in one >word or >two doesn't change much of my analysis, since "forever" is quite clearly >identical to "for ever" :)) . > > > > > In Uatakassi, auxiliaries actually *incorporate* the lexical verb, > > becoming a single complex verb. Patients and instrumentals can also > > be > > incorporated into the verb, and a verb with an incorporated noun can > > be > > itself incorporated into the auxiliary, so that you can have a complex > > verb meaning something like "I can eat glass" (taklankaftipasuki to be > > exact, if you mean "at this moment, I can eat glass", lit. > > glass-eat-can-I-NonPunctual) > > > >Interesting construction. I knew Uatakassi was clearly agglutinative, but >now >it looks more polysynthetic to me... > > > > > Well, I'd say that English auxiliaries are on their way to becoming > > gramatical morphemes. > > > >It's my opinion exactly. Just like French subject and object pronouns have >become actually verbal prefixes that are separated from the verb only by >the >conservative orthography, English auxiliaries are clearly becoming mood and >aspect prefixes (the fact that they are losing accent and that their "past" >forms slowly lose their past meanings and become separate modals is a clear >sign. The last one is clear with the pair "can-could" where the past form >is >clearly losing its past status to become a separate modal indicating a >smaller >probability than "can". This step is far from finished though :)) ). > If anything, they're clitics now(if unstressed), and becoming *suffices* to the subject, except in questions, where they're becoming prefices. -Wayne Chevrier _________________________________________________________________ The new MSN 8: smart spam protection and 3 months FREE*. http://join.msn.com/?page=features/junkmail&xAPID=42&PS=47575&PI=7324&DI=7474&SU= http://www.hotmail.msn.com/cgi-bin/getmsg&HL=1216hotmailtaglines_smartspamprotection_3mf