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A sample game of Dublex: silc galc set sucar luc per nobil

From:Jeffrey Henning <jeffrey@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 10, 1999, 5:59
OK, I'm afraid my post yesterday morning on Dublex was intimidating in its
length.  So I'll try again, by inviting you to sample the game.  Take any
seven words from the language at random:

silc [From common /silk/ form, ultimately from the Mandarin Chinese /si/ and
extant in Basque 'ziriko', Bengali 'silk', Danish 'silke', English 'silk',
Esperanto 'silko', Finnish 'silkki', Hausa 'siliki', Hindi '/silk/',
Hungarian 'selyem', Icelandic 'silki', Lithuanian 's^ilkas', Mandarin
Chinese '/si/', Norwegian 'silke', Novial 'silke', Russian 'sholk', Sepedi
'silika', Swati 'silig.a', Swazi 'siliga', Swedish 'silke', Tamil 'silki',
Tongan 'silika', Ukrainian 'shovk', Yoruba 'si'lii`'k1`' and Zulu 'usilika'.
Initial /s-/ Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch forms.  Source: Leo Moser,
The Acadon System.]  silk -- a fabric from the fine threads produced by
certain insect larvae

galc [Blend of Hindi /gal/ and Arabic /halk/, with /g-l/ in Russian /glot/
and /gorl/ and in English 'gullet' and Italian 'gola', and with initial /g-/
in Spanish 'garganta', Esperanto 'gorg^o' and Novial 'guture'.]  throat,
pharynx -- the passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the
neck below the chin and above the collarbone

set [From 'set', extant in Hindi, English and Spanish.]  set -- any number
of objects or events aggregated together in a structured but nonserial

sucar [From Arabic 'sukar', from Sanskrit /sharkara/, extant in Russian,
Hindi, Romance (Spanish, Italian, French, et al), Germanic (English, German,
Dutch, et al), auxiliaries (Esperanto, Novial, et al).]  sugar -- a white
crystalline carbohydrate, C12H22O11, used as a sweetener and preservative

luc [From Russian /luk/ and English /lik/.]  allium -- onion, garlic, leek
or similar plants of the genus Allium

per [From Latin 'persona', extant in Romance (Spanish, Italian, et al),
Germanic (English, German, et al) and Russian, with initial /p-/ in Hindi
/puruc/.]  person, individual -- a human being

nobil [From Latin 'nobilis', extant in Arabic, Romance (Spanish, Italian, et
al) and English.]  noble -- someone with hereditary rank in their nation's
political system

And try to combine them into useful forms!

You can use simple compounds, in which case the modifier precedes the root
being modified, so 'silcluc' would be "silk allium", which you might define
as "Chinese chive, Oriental garlic, garlic chive -- eastern Asian herb
Allium tuberosum, which has flat leaves, little white flowers and long
fibrous bulbs".  Probably not the first word that lept to the top of your
head!  Which is why I suggested it.

You can insert a single infix before the final vowel of a root as well.  The
infixes are -u- for augmentative and -a- for diminutive for all seven words.
For all the words but 'per', -i- indicates "opposite" and -o- indicates
"abstraction".  For 'per' and any other root word referring to a person or
animal, -i- indicates "female" and -o- indicates "male".  If the infix
matches the final vowel, use -e- instead.

You can also form different parts of speech from these roots, which are all
nouns.  The Part Of Speech markings are:
-a       - noun modifier (adjective)
-e       - verb modifier (adverb)
-i       - multiword compound
-o       - preposition
-u       - verb
-ie      - adjective modifier (adverb)
-io      - clause modifier
unmarked - noun

So give it a try and have some fun!

Best regards,

Jeffrey Henning - Invent Your Own Language - Santa Paravia & Fiumaccio for Windows