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Whew! That reminds me of a story... This fellow who's spent all his life in Missouri or thereabouts takes a trip to Boston. He's been told to be sure and try a particular kind of fish only available on the east coast. So he climbs into a taxi at Logan Airport (keeping a tight grip on his M6TTL and 35 Summilux ASPH) and asks the laid-off schoolteacher who's driving, "Do you know where I can get scrod?" To which the teacher replies, "You know, I've been asked that question a lot of times, but this is the first time I've heard it in the pluperfect subjunctive." Paul > -----Original Message----- > From: Marc James Small [mailto:email@example.com] > Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 5:21 PM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: [Leica] Even Worse Than Scotches: IE Linguistics > [snip] > PIE had: > > Nouns: > > three numbers (singular, dual, plural) > eight cases (nominative, vocative, genitive, dative, accusative, > instrumental, locative, ablative) > three genders (masculine, feminine, neuter) > > Verbs: > > three numbers (singular, dual, plural) > two aspects (perfective, imperfective) > four tenses (past, present, future, aorist) > six moods (infinitive, verbal adjective, verbal noun, > indicative, optative, > subjunctive) > > It also had a pitch accent in place of the stress accent we > all know and love. etc.