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151910Re: Irrealis mood and non-finite verbs

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  • Dirk Elzinga
    Apr 2, 2008
      On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 1:37 PM, Christopher Bates <chrisdb@...>
      wrote:

      > From a typological point of view. If you come up with a classification
      > and demonstrate that you can then make predictions that languages which
      > call into category X are likely to also have property Y, I think you
      > could claim it was a useful result. Or at least, as useful as anything
      > in linguistics, although I guess I'm not sure of the practical value of
      > much of the field for things other than curiousity and conlanging. ;)


      Well in my case, it puts bread on the table and pays the mortgage :-).


      >
      > >> Christopher Bates <chrisdb@...> wrote:
      > >>
      > >> D. N. S. Bhat...claims...that it's still useful to classify many
      > >> languages as being one of the three, and that there are typology
      > >> correlates of being tense, aspect, or mood prominent.
      > >>
      > >
      > > I think that classifications such as this are very interesting, but why
      > > are they useful?
      > >
      > > Charlie
      > >
      > >
      >



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