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> On 25/09/2011 19:56, John Erickson wrote:
> [snip]
>>
>> The original idea/plan though was to use tense marking
>> kinda like distance/location marking, but the location
>> would be in time. So saying "The cat-in-the-past eats
>> the mouse-in-the-past" would be like saying "The cat-
>> way-over-there eats the mouse-way-over-there," and "The
>> cat-now eats the mouse-now" would be like "The cat-here
>> eats the mouse-here."

Since past no longer exists except as a memory, perhaps "A memory of
the cat eats a memory of the mouse." Since relating can be thought of
as mental reenacting then the reenacting takes place in the present,
hence a memory of a cat EATS a memory of a mouse. (E.g. the difference
between novels which are often in the past tense and movies which are
always in the present tense even when they reenact the past.)

--gary