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  • neo gu
    ... I ll have to remember that the next time I attempt a more naturalistic conlang, maybe adapting it for the protolang. ... But some are supposed to. Also,
    Message 1 of 6 , May 11, 2013
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      On Fri, 10 May 2013 16:51:53 -0700, H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...> wrote:

      >On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 12:54:16PM -0400, neo gu wrote:
      >> It occurs to me that in the examples, the Apr28 sentences don't
      >> actually indicate past or future. Probably, BEF-O would be added for
      >> past time and AFT-O for future time here, but other temporal adverbs
      >> could be used.
      >[...]
      >
      >In a number of natlangs, "yesterday" and "tomorrow" are sometimes reused
      >to mean past or future. My L1 does this to some extent, for example. (Of
      >course, context makes it clear which meaning is actually intended.)
      >
      >I borrowed this idea in Tatari Faran: _hara_ is an adverb meaning
      >"tomorrow", and _nara_ is an adverb meaning "yesterday". They also
      >double as future/past tense markers:
      >
      > huu sa tapa hara pasanan da bata
      > huu sa tapa hara pasanan na bata
      > 1SG CVY:MASC walk tomorrow town RCP:MASC FIN
      > I'll go to town tomorrow. (Or, I'll go to town (indefinite
      > future).)
      >
      > huu sa tapa nara pasanan da bata
      > huu sa tapa nara pasanan na bata
      > 1SG CVY:MASC walk yesterday town RCP:MASC FIN
      > I went to town yesterday. (Or, I went to town (indefinite
      > past).)
      >
      >To diambiguate between "tomorrow" and future (and likewise "yesterday"
      >and past), TF uses the idioms _baran hara_ (lit. tomorrow morning) to
      >mean "tomorrow" and _mubun nara_ (lit. last night) to mean "yesterday".
      >(Yes, these paraphrases were st... adapted from my L1. :-P) They are
      >used when the speaker wishes to make clear that the precise day was
      >meant, not just the generic future/past.

      I'll have to remember that the next time I attempt a more naturalistic conlang, maybe adapting it for the protolang.

      >A language doesn't always have to map precisely to semantics. :)

      But some are supposed to. Also, what semantics is might not always be the same for different languages.
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