Poetry a la Niccacci
dwashbur at nyx.net
Thu Feb 11 23:05:12 EST 1999
> Hi Dave, you wrote:
> > > > Bryan,
> > > > Before I can give an adequate response I need to know what you
> > > > mean by "semantics of the verbal forms." I suspect we're using the
> > > > word "semantics" two different ways, but I want to be sure. Can
> > > > you develop that phrase for me a little?
> > >
> > > I mean the inherent meaning of the forms (as opposed to their
> > By "meaning" you refer to tense, or aspect, or sequence, or
> > whatever? If so, then what is the difference between these and
> > "functions"?
> A start for functions would be mainline and off-the-line. I think we have
> a bit of differentiation in the off-the-line material as well. I am not
> assigning these discourse functions to the verb forms alone. I am
> assigning the functions to different clause types, in which the verb form
> is an import player.
OK, I think I'm with you now, so I'll go back to your comments and
pick it up from there, probably tomorrow or Monday.
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