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Re: [glosalist] Verb Tenses and Thinking in Glosa (sydpidd@...) on May 11, 2006

Verb Tenses and Thinking in Glosa

“I am going to york.” In english “am going” could mean am going now, at this moment, could mean during about 50 minutes, I am setting off in a few
minutes, tomorrow etc. It can mean different contradictory things - translate into glosa and you have confusion! So forget the english and start afresh in
Glosa. / “I go to york” We need a reference point to which to anchor our time measurements. /

If one sudden brief light flashes we think “flash” at the time in the
present tense, later we think “flashed” in the past tense. Thinking in terms of a universal/general grammar or something like it, I suggest we anchor the time zero to when we think of the head word in the main verb phrase and we use the length of the sentence to fix the time borders. If the action or state takes place while the sentence is being thought, the tense is present. otherwise the tense is past or future. Sometimes the border may not be clear cut and we could have present?past etc

We now have present present past present future present past future We could have the action/state’s being continuous or intermitent/separate

“The earth rotates on its axis”= present past future continuous “Most birds sleep at night”, present past future intermittent/separate One could have momentary present past or future momentary du = present past future continous or intermittent nu = present momentary or only pa=past fu=future nu pa = present past dura= continuous lisi = intermittent

glosa done in a bit of a hurry ………………..

“i am going to york.”* _in english “am going”posi semani am going now , _a u-ci kron ,posi semani durante de 50minuta ,mi du sti ki in u oligo minuta ,fu-di etc . id pote semani plu hetero kontradice ra -translati ad-in glosa e vi du habe konfusi !so no-memo u english e sti neo in glosa . /

“i go to york” na du nece u refere punkta a qi te ankira plu na tem metri ./

“i go to york” na du nece u refere punkta a qi te ankira plu na tem metri . si mo subito brevi foto du flasc na du puta “flash” a u tem in u nu-tem
tense _,ma tardi na du puta “flashed”in u pa-tem tense na du puta in plu tekno-nima de u universa /generali gramatika alo uno-ra homo id ,mi du sugesti na du ankira u tem zero a kron na du puta de u cef verba in u major akti-verbi frasu e na uti u longi de u frase te fixa plu tem margina .si u akti alo stato du prende loka tem u frase du gene puta ,u tense _es nu-tem .hetero u tense _es pa-tem alo fu-tem .plu_kron u margina posi ne es klari seka e na posi habe present?past _ na nu-tem habe
present present pa-tem present fu-tem present pa-tem fu-tem
na posi habe u akti /stato es dura alo intermitent /separa “the earth rotates on its axis” = nu-tem pa-tem fu-tem dura

“most birds sleep atnight”, nu-tem _pa-tem fu-tem intermittent _/separa oneposi habe momentary _ nu-tem _pa-tem alo fu-tem momentary _ du= nu-tem _pa-tem fu-tem dura alo intermittent _ nu= nu-tem _ momentary _alo solo pa=pa-tem fu=fu-tem nu pa _= nu-tem _pa-tem dura=dura lisi= intermittent _momentary

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