350Re: Help, please !
- Jun 2, 2002On 6/2/02 6:56 PM, "Helge K. Fauskanger" <helge.fauskanger@...>
> The main question is what tense or form _órea_ really represents.No, that is not the main question at all, which if you'd curb your usual
knee-jerk reaction and actually read what I wrote, you'd see. The real
questions are: Is _órea_ just a passing fancy of Tolkien's, as the
contrasting forms on the very same page suggest may be the case? Is a
present continuative ending in _-ea_ likewise just a passing fancy, like so
many other grammatical devices in Tolkien's writings?
> Especially in a constructed language I would expect considerable structuralThat is a most unreasonable expectation, especially of Tolkien's languages.
But I expect this does explain your willingness to eschew any reasonable
standards of evidence, so that you can cling to this "solution" to what
_you_ have decided is a problem and apply it to every verb is sight.
> Maybe CFH is aware of _another_, more certain way of maintaining thisWho says this distinction _has_ to be maintained across all verb classes? It
> distinction in the case of A-stem verbs?
may well be that some verb classes simply don't have a formal aorist/present
continuative distinction. In other words, Quenya might behave just like real
languages in not having perfect parallelism across all verb classes.
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