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Re: ANNOUNCE: My new conlang S11

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Friday, March 11, 2005, 11:58

"H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh@...> writes:
> On Tue, Mar 08, 2005 at 03:03:04PM +0100, Henrik Theiling wrote: >... > > This is a difference: it's not a goal for me. However, becoming able > > to at least pronounce the langs is becoming a more and more important > > goal for me, especially after listening to the impressive sound > > samples that have recently be posted here. > > Would fluency become a goal for you if, by some crazy circumstances, > there would be conlang meetings where people actually conversed in > their conlangs? ;-)
Hmm, how exactly should I imagine that meeting? Everyone talking in their own language and no-one understanding? :-P No, I don't think it's becoming a goal. But maybe a language I will once create appeals to me in such a way that I just have to learn it. Who knows? :-)
>... > > This is a bit strange to me: the aspect is totally different in > > 'acquire' and 'have'. No perfect aspect marker necessary to derive > > 'have got' from 'get'? > > Tense/aspect marking is optional in Tatari Faran. If you *really* > wanted to draw a distinction, you could have _kuini kana ... dakat_ > for "I acquire a doll (now)" vs. _kuini nara ... dakat_ for "I have a > doll (I acquired it in the past)".
Ah, I see. Although it's optional in many of my langs, too, I tend to still miss it sometimes. :-) After some conlangs, I more and more enter the track of less optional aspect markers, while tense is totally neglected. Strange since my L1 does not draw a clear line between these, has no synthetic aspect system, but the tense (mixed with aspect) markers are mandatory. That's almost the opposite of what I feel is the right way now. What categories are mandatory in Tatari Faran? And which common ones are not?
>... > > No, I don't have that. I would feel too limited in conlanging with > > this constraint. :-) > > :-) For me, I feel that it would be too limiting if I had to resort to > software to compose sentences for me, esp. if I hope to someday be > able to converse in my conlang!
Maybe it's that programming is so much fun for me -- therefore, I mix two fun things. :-)
> > Hehe. ;-) Even in Da Mätz se Basa, I make serious mistakes, although > > it's very close to my L1. That's a language that has no Lisp > > grammar yet... > [...] > > Heh. I like how you conlang by creating Lisp grammars. Does that mean > you can do automatic translation between your conlangs? (That'd be > awesome.) Perhaps the Universal Translator *is* possible after all...! > ;-)
Oh, no, not at all. :-) The abstractions I type in Lisp are very closely related with the corresponding language. E.g. I do have to select the case, for instance. Only the gory details of syntax, morphology, and sandhi are handled by the Lisp grammar. I don't expect to solve the translation problem... :-) **Henrik


H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>