On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM, Njenfalgar <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi all,
> When working on a con-auxlang of mine (an auxlang spoken in a conuniverse)
> I suddenly started thinking about tenses, and how they can be used
> absolutely (past tense = before the moment of uttering) or relatively (past
> tense = before the time given by the context). I kind-of thought to have
> the tense markers in my language have a relative sense, and this is also
> how I have come to understand Vietnamese tense particles. Now I've been
> doing some Google-ing and Wikipedia-ing about this, and now and then I have
> encountered hints about there being natlangs indeed having a purely
> relative tense system, but I have not found anything concrete -- not even
> the confirmation that Vietnamese indeed has relative tense. Anyone able to
> give more information about this kind of thing?
> Greets,
> David
> P.S.: I'm in Brazil now, and this is the first mail I'm sending the list
> from my new hometown Rio de Janeiro. :-)
> --
> Dos ony t„snonnop, kotŠk ony t„snonnop.

Hopi language is the model example for relative lime, used also by Worf as
an argument for the famous hypothesis. I implement an analogous scheme in