syntax problem

2011-May-03, Tuesday 04:50
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I haven't made progress with any of my conlang sketches. The latest has an interesting agreement system. What I'm stuck on is this: it has both independent explicit subject with absolute tense forms and dependent coreferential subject with relative tense forms. The independent forms are used in main clauses and the dependent ones are used attributively and as secondary predicates. The problem is that adjunct clauses need explicit subjects with relative tenses and I haven't come up with the syntax that can do this (without adding more forms).

I haven't proven Fermat's theorem either.

Date: 2011-05-03 20:17 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had an interesting proof of that theorem in a comment on another user's blog. Unfortunately, they've since deleted their blog, and the comment has been lost...

I can't really follow your description without examples. Think you can drum some up?

Date: 2011-05-03 23:09 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes. You can always make it impossible, so that the subject of the matrix clause has to match the subject of the embedded clause. So, for example:

Mary read-PASSX John-Y Book-Z when 3-ACot-cook dinner.

Here the trick will be the nature of that passive (or applicative) and the case assigned to John and Book. Basically what you've done is made Mary a topic by making her the subject of the matrix clause—even though she has nothing to do with the reading of the book! It would be a truly unique structure, and would prove very interesting!


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