Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Detail #212: Things with Participles

Make case inflection of participles affect the marker that forms the participle so much that in certain cases, different types of participles are conflated. E.g. "the robbing man" and "the robbed man" are distinct when these men also are the subjects or objects of some other verb, but when they're a comitative, the grammar doesn't give a shit whether they're robbed or robbing. This would be interesting with a slightly greater number of pariticple forms than English has, so something like recipient-participles and the product sets of tenses and voices, and not just a weird conflated thing like what English has (conflating present with active and passive with past).

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