|From:||Joseph Fatula <fatula3@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, February 4, 2003, 13:01|
I'm working on a new conlang (after all, it's a new week), and it's unusual in having 48 consonants. There are prenasalized stops, glottalized consonants, ejectives, and plenty of those are possible syllable nuclei. What I wanted was a language where I could encode a large amount of affixation into a single syllable. The best way to do that (I was thinking) was to have plenty of consonants that could add on, with many consonant clusters being allowed. It's starting to look a bit like Georgian, but that might not mean much. If I were to describe what a Georgian word looks like, I'd probably just say it's a word with lots of consonants. So then any highly consonantal language would look like Georgian to me. I'll post some examples soon. There's something disturbing me when I look at the map of my con-world. I'm only working on one portion of one continent, and I already have finished over 30 languages for it. And there's a whole lot of empty space left, not to mention another 2500 years of history. But that's probably a good thing. I might live another 70 years or so, if I stay in good health, and it'd be nice to have something to do for all that while. Then again, I might die tomorrow and leave behind all kinds of cryptic notes in unknown languages.
|Joseph Fatula <fatula3@...>|
|Danny Wier <dawier@...>|