Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: Future of English (was Re: Degrees of volition in active languages (was Re: Chevraqis: asketch)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Monday, August 14, 2000, 3:53
On Mon, Aug 14, 2000 at 07:33:15PM -0700, Jim Grossmann wrote:
> Hi, all, > > AFAIK, the idea that languages consistently evolve in the direction of > greater overall simplicity is a myth. > > Languages do get simpler in certain ways, but these simplifications can give > rise to new complexities.
[... lots of good stuff snipped]
> d) It's conceivable that a language could lose cases, whose functions > would be delegated to adpositions, which in turn could be contracted to make > them and their objects into single phonological words, which could then > constitute nouns in a brand new set of cases.
Cool idea! So I guess you're saying that languages are in some way cycling between being more inflected and more analytic. I like that concept... it's like the language is constantly "renewing" itself -- case endings drop when common usage "wears off" the more obsolete forms, but after a while, patterns such as common phrases start getting used so much they become treated like a unit, and hence become a new set of inflections. I think this is what I'll do with my conlang, which is supposed to be an ancestor conlang. I've sketched out a long history for the universe of the conlang, with vastly different eras. I think it'll be neat to have the language and its various dialects mutate in similar ways: each era has a different cultural focus; so the language should mold accordingly. Cool. T