I have not experimented with conjugating nouns, but I do inflect
postpositions for tense.  This leads to similar possibilities:

"I saw the cat that was in the box"  is therefore I saw the cat in-PAST the

The only issue I had was that, in general, the postposition tense agreed
with the verb tense, so I didn't have many opportunities to use it as I do
in the above example.  Since my conlang Angosey is a corpus conlang (in
other words, I use it to do a fair bit of writing, both in my diary and in
stories), I found that having tense-inflected verbs more convenient than
both tensed verbs and tensed postpositions, and the postpositional tenses
decreased in frequency.  However, I do still use them from time to time.

I suspect, though, that my adherence to verb tenses may be because all the
languages I have experience with (English, French, Kiswahili, Korean), all
mark verbs for tense.  So it may be a familiarity issue rather than a
practical one.  In any case, I advise you to go for tensed nouns, and let us
know how it works.  If you find that tenses just keep migrating to the verb,
you'll have had a similar experience to mine.  However, if you find that
noun tenses work well, you'll truly have come up with something different.

Best of luck!


2011/9/24 John Erickson <[log in to unmask]>

> I have an idea for something I want to do with my next conlang. I want to
> conjugate the nouns for tense instead of the verbs. (I'm not sure you call
> it conjugation when it's a noun. Verbs will probably still be conjugated
> for
> aspect) For instance, instead of saying "The cat eat-PAST the mouse," you'd
> say, "The cat-PAST eat the mouse-PAST."
> Usually, the subject and object would have to agree, but it would allow you
> to make fun constructions like, "Me-PAST make me-PRESENT broke," implying
> that the bad financial decisions of your self in the past are negatively
> affecting your self in the present, or "Me-FUTURE make me-PRESENT broke,"
> implying that your current financial situation is being negatively affected
> by upcoming financial obligations. (Can you tell what's been on my mind
> lately besides conlangs?)
> Are there any natlangs or other conlangs that do this, and are there any
> potential problems anyone can foresee from such a system?
> - John