tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Tue Apr 16 11:35:06 2002
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> While we all know that Klingon is not the same as any Terran language and
> not have the same grammar terms applied to it, the term Aorist comes to
> I see verbs unmarked by aspect as being rather "general."
Not knowing what "aorist" meant, I looked it up.
"type of verb in classical Greek: a verb tense used to express a past
action in an unqualified way, without specifying whether that action was
repeated, continuing, or completed or how long it lasted, found especially
in classical Greek" --dictionary.msn.com
This certainly seems to describe Klingon verbs without Type 7 suffixes,
except that the Klingon verbs aren't in the past tense. Basically, "aorist"
seems to mean "aspectless past tense," something which Klingon doesn't have,
but I agree that it's worth being aware of.