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Re: "Colorless Green" (was Re: Lahabic Syntax)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, October 1, 2000, 21:35
Estelachan@AOL.COM wrote:
> syllabries are wonderful. I took a year of Japanese and fell in love with > them, although the one I'm using is a regular syllabry like that of Hebrew or > Sanskrit instead of having seperate ones for each CV combination.
Those aren't syllabries. The one Hebrew has is called an abjad, or consonantal script. Sanskrit uses a devangeri. A syllabry actually marks syllables, like Japanese.
> "had"? is it gone? > still, I like it. I'll have to translate that one too.
The page is there, but it hasn't been updated in a few years.
> what language is this?
The language is called Utakassí
> > Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. > > Zazánva piziaziulán uafiaanísi uadiáskun fil ku uafmaisiásai. > > Zazá -n -va pi-ziaziulá-n uaf- iaaní-i ua-diásku-n fil ku > > Sleep-3PlIrr-Hab G7-anger -COM G6PL-idea -PL G6-color -COM not and > > uaf- maisiása-i > > G6pl-green -PL > my goodness.....what does all that mean?
That's just a morphemic breakdown. 3PlIrr = 3rd person plural irrational (referring to an entity that cannot speak; i.e., an infant or animal or inanimate object) Hab = Habitual G6 = Gender 6 G7 = Gender 7 COM = Commitative (a case meaning, usually, "with", in this context "adverb") PL = Plural
> I'd greatly appreciate it-- I'm not putting up any of the detail, so much, > just the translation.... these look like two forms of the same language; if > you could explain what each form is that'd be great.
The first form, the second form isn't settled yet.
> what about a verb for "swallow"? the chewing doesn't seem to be quite the > point of this sentence.
Swallow is kinda inherent in "chew". "Chew" is used for kinds of eating that aren't láu or kaftí. For example, someone taking medicine would probably be _fatát_. Same with committing suicide by ingesting poisonous substances. -- Dievas dave dantis; Dievas duos duonos God gave teeth; God will give bread - Lithuanian proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor