Home Sound System Nouns Verbs Syntax Pragmatics Corpus Lexicon

Pragmatics

Pronoun Dropping

Especially in speech, Tornaysan will omit pronouns that are obvious or easily inferrable from context.

Obligation

Tornaysan does not have a word equivalent to English 'should'. The closest word is topar 'oblige, require of someone', but it is a transitive verb that entails a specific person's authority. Common Tornaysan strategies to convey 'should' include cause and effect, either using the perfect aspect (if x happens then y happens), or a relative clause (he who sows x will reap y), and the creation of a definition (a good x does not y).