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From:Camilla Drefvenborg <elmindreda@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 26, 2002, 11:20
daniel andreasson udavora:
> Hejhej! Wohoo! En till svensk! Wii!
japp. hejsan!
> That's a nice translation exercise. I'm having trouble > translating it to any of my conlangs (Cein, Rinya, > Nakiltipkaspimak and Seimi).
you have *four* of them? oh, my...
> And isn't that from Bamse? Though I'm pretty sure the > original is "farmors hus". I like your version better, > though. :)
it certainly is. congratulations, you won half a cookie. it's from one of three remixes of the original audio recordings. they are totally surreal, and absolutely fabulous.
> Could you share something of your conlang(s) with us? > A grammatical overview? Some grammar tidbits? A sentence > or two so we can get a taste of it/them?
ah... *gulps* you see, right now it's wriggling like a buttered eel, and I'm giving it all the room it needs, since it seems to be wriggling in the right direction. I'd be happy to give an example, if you all promise not to take it too seriously. some of it might not look the same an hour from now... it's a fairly synthetic language, with quite few 'legal' sounds. the word order is SOV, post-positional and head-final, and the syllabic structure would come out as: (C) V (V) (C) it has four genders; female, male, animate/neutral and inanimate. -i, -o, -a, -e, respectively. as I said before, all roots are basically adjectives, or abstract ideas, needing suffixes to make them into nouns or verbs. the roots end with a vowel, specifying the words' gender. pronouns, however, are their own category. since I wanted to keep them short, they couldn't be derived from roots. increasing deference will make them longer, though. stress is on the first syllable after the root, or in the root form, on the gender vowel. in longer words, and they can get quite long, I'll need a more complex rule. I am working on it, but it's not done yet. one thing that I've been arguing about with myself for some time now, is that I put the suffixes *between* the root and the gender vowel. the stress pattern makes it unambigous, but I still disagree with myself on whether it's a good idea. what do all of you think? while there is a way to derive the verb 'is', it is mostly used when you want to indicate that something exists. otherwise you can put it into the adjective. maybe a very basic example would be in order? "ki vendoroni ma." k.i pronoun(third).gender(fem) vend.oron.i adjective(beautiful).verb(perfect).gender(fem) ma particle(reflexive) "she (is) beautified." or, in English, "she is beautiful." it really is a very silly example. though I suppose a longer one would have made this mail ridiculously long.
> Och just det. Du är jättevälkommen! Toppen att du hittade > hit!
tack så mycket! skoj att vara här! ännu skojjigare att få svar *ler* Camilla "milda makaroner vad det ryker ur farmors ödla"