Sunday, October 25, 2015

Detail #226: A Twist on Verb Markings

Let us consider a language where verbs usually have a fair share of meaningful morphemes on them whenever they're used in whatever form, i.e. a verb is nearly never used without semantically meaningful affixes. By this rather vague terminology I mean to say none of the morphemes used are exclusively used to mark the verb as belonging to this or that morphosyntactic category - i.e. nothing is exclusively a marker of a verb being an infinitive or participle or third person plural or whatever - generally it also marks some other central thing, such as location, direction, intensity, ...

Now, almost all verb phrases will adhere to the above. However, some verbs permit simpler markings, especially a few imperatives - help (in a situation of dire need), run, and a few others. However, another situation is extreme rudeness. Omitting the markers entirely is nearly always parsed as if the most rude possible affixes were included. Thus hold means wank, run means running away like the coward he is/you are, etc. Not just the meaning of the verb, but the tone in which it is used is turned as negative as possible.

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