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Re: Alphabet ... and laughter :-)

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Sunday, November 4, 2001, 10:28
On 3 Nov, : H. S. Teoh  wrote:


> ObConlang: after typing the above line, a thought just struck me. How do > your conlangs represent laughter?
In rtemmu, it would be "va'i 'a'i" . ( ' = glottal stop) va'i = expression of emotion; 'a'i = the processof laughing. (I must admit that I chose " 'a'i " for laughing because I liked how it went with the word "va'i" ! To me it even sounds humorous!) But, of course, if one puts in the rate-of-change-markers, one could have: va'i na 'a'i ("na" = subjectively normal change) which could mean something like "laughing on the inside while maintaining a poker-face". va'i nu 'a'i ("nu" = subjectively too slow a change to notice) which could mean "I don't get the joke" or maybe "What's so funny?" va'i zuv 'a'i ("zuv" = objectively too slow a change to notice) which could signify something like "a stupid grin plastered on an immobile face". among other rate-of-change markers. Then there are always the "accelerated change" and "decelerated change" markers to throw into the stew. It could get very interesting! :-) Dan Sulani ---------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.