Re: ANNOUNCE: My new conlang S11
|From:||Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, March 3, 2005, 23:19|
--- In email@example.com, Henrik Theiling <theiling@A...> wrote:
> The word order is
> noun verb noun verb ... noun verb.
Ah, just like Oro Mpaa. I'm afraid I can't take the credit for
that idea, though, since I stole it from yet another conlang...
was it bac? I don't remember. Anyway, check out the grammar
section of Oro Mpaa someday:
As for your idea to have three separate verbs for "to ask", "to
be asked (a question)" and "to be asked (from someone)", that
seems a bit like semantic overkill. I suspect your speakers
would very quickly end up generalizing one verb (e.g. "to be
asked (a question)") for generic dative use, and you'd get a
dative case or preposition instead of the auxiliary verb.
On the other hand, if "lu 1 ni 2 pa 3" or whatever mean
"1 asks 2 of 3" and "lu 1 go 2 se 3" are "1 gives birth to
2 seeded by 3", you can distribute the morphological
distinctness needed for lexical diversity onto all three
components, allowing the single components to be short and
(by themselves) ambiguous. One could re-analyze this
structure as a verb INTO which the arguments are infixed.
-- Christian Thalmann