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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sat May 8, 1999  11:35 pm
Subject:  Inflection

May 8, 1999

Hello Everyone!
Joe Martin meant this message to be posted to the SignWriting List, but he
sent it to my private email address by mistake. So he asked me to post it
for him. As you will see below, this is a message about linguistics, and is
rather technical -I will follow up with another message with my response:

Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 15:23:04 -0700 (PDT)
From: Joe Martin
To: SignWriting
Subject: Inflection

Here's a discussion of some basic ASL grammar that I stole from another
list. The next obvious question is, how do you write these two in

>Could you help further? How does 'durative' differ semantically from
>P.S. For those interested, formationally, the differences are shown in
>pictures on p. 293 of Klima & Bellugi 'Signs of Lg'.

I had to look up the difference in the Klima/Bellugi text -- I thought
they were the same thing (smile).

I'm not quite as sure here, but my sense is that in keeping with the
"kill" (although maybe to-kill can't quite conform to this aspect), TO-KILL
(durative) means "to keep on killing FOR an extended period of time" while
TO-KILL (continuative) means "to keep on killing OVER an extended period
of time". That is, in the durative aspect, the killing occurs fairly
continuously during a set period of time, without much interruption, while
in the continuative aspect, the killing occurs during a set, but extended
period of time, with the possibility of some intervals in which killing
does not occur. Does this make any sense?

Using the Klima/Bellugi examples of "LOOK-AT", the durative aspect means
a fairly steady, uninterrupted and focused gaze, while the continuative
aspect means a fairly constant gaze that could be interrupted and is not
quite so
focused or "interested" -- maybe almost disinterested would be a better

Again, this is my best sense--I'm not claiming certainty on these two
here. I would like to hear any confirmation that my sense is correct or not.

Joe Martin


Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton


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1227 Re: Inflection Valerie Sutton Sun  5/9/1999

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