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Re: Case

From:Gerald Koenig <jlk@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 20, 1999, 2:23
>From: Irina Rempt-Drijfhout <ira@...> >Subject: Re: Case > >On Sun, 11 Jul 1999, Gerald Koenig wrote: > >> Finally, a conlang expression shorter than English. > >May I refer you to the full text of Grandpa and the Dragon: > >
Well I took a mini tour of the land of valdyas and I am blown away by the integrity and beauty of it. I started a sylable count on the dragon tale and wearied of it, then I just counted two stanzas of the 4 invocations, which remind me of the song lyrics of english which are so difficult to equal for succinctness in a conlang. I came up with 63 sylables for valdyas and 59 for english; hardly a valid sample, but still it's the best I've seen for a conlang. With the vector tense system I have been able to shave sylables here and there by using monosylabic tense and modal words that contract; but NGL as a whole seems not so compact as valdyas or english. Personally I believe there is only maybe 5-15% improvement possible in a tense system over the English sylable counts, while still conveying the same information. It gets down to one morpheme one infon. Jerry
> > > Irina > > Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. > (myself) > (English) > (Nederlands) >