Re: Genderless Lingo
|From:||Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, December 21, 1999, 0:49|
>You wouldn't. IN Advena, every word is a verbal phrase, so "I'm human"
>would be "umn-qa", "You are human", "umn-xa," "he is human" "umn-sa".
>Incidently, I understand there *are* some Earth languages that do this --
>they have words for "to be a <ethnic group>." Advena just carries it way
In Saalangal, nouns can be changed to verbs, just by adding on the right
focus, and conjugating to the tense (I'm using actor focus here because it
needs no object to complete the sentence).
sinaaalangal esan - I am human (am-human I).
pinaaku isan - it is a bird (lit. this is a bird)
However,the usual way to express that a thing or person is something, you
simply place the adjective before the noun or pronoun, with the linker
between the two (pronouns need no linker):
saalangal esan - I am human
paku isan - it is a bird*
*note: to say "that bird", you switch the order of the words: isan paku -