Skip to main content
3 votes

Evolving tense from a tenseless proto-language

Okay, so, 3 aspects... but 5 conjugations that somehow need to get squeezed out of it. Which conjugation does each stem turn into? I think part of your issue is that your process isn't really how ...
curiousdannii's user avatar
  • 3,740
2 votes
Accepted

How many tense subcategories are there across languages, or conceptually?

There are a lot of different things you can mark on a verb, including tense (setting a sort of temporal reference point), aspect (the relationship of the action to that reference point), mood (the ...
Draconis's user avatar
  • 4,616
2 votes

How many tense subcategories are there across languages, or conceptually?

Actually, there can be a lot more tenses than the usual three, and also languages with no tense at all or only two tenses (past and non-past or, more rarely, future and non-future) exist. The ...
Sir Cornflakes's user avatar
  • 11.3k
1 vote

Evolving tense from a tenseless proto-language

The evolution from Pre-Proto-Indo-European (the language reconstructed by internal reconstruction from Proto-Indo-European, the language reconstructed by the comparative method from the Indo-European ...
Tristan's user avatar
  • 518

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible