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On Friday, November 20, 2009, Carsten Becker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 2009/11/19 Sai Emrys <[log in to unmask]>:
>
>> Of course, the stupidly naïve way to address this as a conlanger is to
>> simply ban copulas, but generally that just means you actually have a
>> zero copula (like e.g. Russian, Arabic, and Black English).
>
> I've consciously done that, and gloss an omitted "to be" as a
> zero-copula accordingly:
>
>    Ang Mahān Ø bedangas.
>    AGT Mahān (be) farmer.PAT.
>    "Mahān is a farmer."
>
>    Adanyareng Ø palayas silvyam vās.
>    that_one.PAT:inan (be) joy.PAT see-PTCP 2sg.PAT.
>    "It is a pleasure to see you."
>
>    Prantanreng Ø, yomayam soyang yomoyyam.
>    question-AGT.inan (be), be-PTCP or be-NEG-PTCP.
>    "The question is, to be or not to be."
>
>    Yomayang edaya tamala.
>    be-1S.AGT here yesterday.
>    "I was here yesterday."
>
>    Nilyang, kada yomayang
>    think-1SG.AGT, thus be-1SG.AGT
>    "I think, therefore I am."
>
> Carsten
>

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