A

Glyph used with the present tense.

a

  • (part.) marks the present tense (as well as a switch in subject, if no other marker is present)

A mata ei ie kavaka te mopa tou…
“I can see the writing on the wall…”

Notes: Continuing with shots from the Huntington:

A rock with writing on it.

If anyone can read Chinese, let me know what that says! I’ve been curious ever since the first time I saw it.

I’ve already posted every word that’s in today’s sentence (oh, well, almost, I’m just now realizing), so I decided to post the glyph associated with the present tense. The thing is, this glyph isn’t always realized by a sound. In this particular sentence, it’s realized as a. However, even if no a were pronounced (remember that it can be left off in present tense sentences), the glyph would still be written. In that case, it would correspond to nothing.

Furthermore, in other sentences with a different subject marker (say, e), the glyph would still be written, but it wouldn’t correspond to any sound.

So having this glyph corresponding to a is a bit of a misnomer, but it serves for this particular sentence, so I figured I might as well (just to introduce it).

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One Response to “A”

  1. Ka kavaka Anthony Docimo ti:

    I’ll ask my Mandarin teacher.

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