[Spellyans] 2nd pl imperative

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Tue Feb 17 14:06:28 GMT 2009


On 17 Feb 2009, at 12:46, Jon Mills wrote:

> This is a ghost. None of the texts from BM or before consistently  
> distinguish the ending of the 2nd person plural present-future from  
> the 2nd person plural imperative.

Yet all Revivalists have, and there are now at least arguments that a  
number of them wish to continue to do so. (I am on the fence on this  
one.)

> Some might argue that it is nevertheless useful to make such a  
> distinction for purposes of disambiguation.

They have so argued.

> However consider the following:
> 1) Go to bed! (Imperative)
> 2) I go to church on Sundays. (1st pers. sing. pres.)
> 3) To go or not to go? (Infinitive)
> Then ask yourself the question, would we be better served by an  
> orthography that spells these 3 parts of the paradigm of GO  
> differently?\

Sorry, Jon, but that won't fly. This is a question of conjugational  
morphology, and English can hardly be used as an analogy.

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com





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