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Re: ANNOUNCE: My new conlang S11

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Friday, March 11, 2005, 22:02
On Fri, Mar 11, 2005 at 12:58:50PM +0100, Henrik Theiling wrote:
> Hi! > > "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
I had in mind more a meeting where people teach each other how to say things in their respective conlangs. Or, one of those rare occasions when a conlanger learns another's conlang, visits him, and speak only in that conlang for 30 mins (which I remember reading about, but I forget which conlang it was).
> 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? :-)
OK. :-) [...]
> > 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.
Heh. For me, I'm just reverting to my L1 where tense is basically non-existent and aspect is ignored 95% of the time. [...]
> What categories are mandatory in Tatari Faran? And which common ones > are not?
I'm not sure what you mean by 'categories'... I assume you mean various markers? Verbs can basically appear in isolation in Tatari Faran. There are various tense/aspect markers which are completely optional and essentially behave like adverbs. [...]
> > :-) 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. :-)
I love programming too! I program for fun all the time. In fact, I wrote a lot of software for managing Ebisédian and Tatari Faran. The lexicon tool which drives the Tatari Faran lexicon search page is the same tool I use every day to look up TF words. :-) I guess I just don't want to *have* to use software whenever I want to compose a sentence. [...]
> > 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... :-)
[...] Ah, OK. :-) T -- Frank disagreement binds closer than feigned agreement.