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Re: first try at conlanging

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, January 7, 2002, 6:59
En réponse à erwan ar skoul <erwan.arskoul@...>:

> Hello, >
Well, welcome to the list from a fellow French conlanger :)) (though I'm not Breton but Normand :)) ).
> I offer to your scrutiny a sample of the conlang I am developing. It > is > called Lautôpaei and has a definite Polynesian look with a strict V \ > CV syllabic structure and very few consonants (p, f, t, v, l, h). Its > grammar is quite baroque, as it is OSV / RNA and is neither ergative > nor > accusative but “active” (Martinet’s terminology), that is that it > distinguishes between “acting” and “acted upon”, the main question > being > “who is at the origin of the action”. > The language is globally agglutinating and handles indirect > complements > through verbal suffixes. Quite user-unfriendly, I am afraid (unless > you > happen to have been brought up in a bilingual Tahitian-arawakan family > in a tagalog speaking district :-) J) but quite fun. >
He he, being currently creating a conlang with a trigger system and nominal classes, as well as synthetic tendencies that make Ancient Greek simple, I assure you that languages can very well be user-unfriendly and still naturalistic :)) .
> Here a translation of the Lord Prayer (the most basic text I have > found). The original is the Vulgate Latin. > > Ve-mê vouâ-fae pêlihî loi meme. Êuha ve-mê noioepanê. Manâ ve-mê > ôpoihaivopa > You(formal)-passive heaven-oblique be-dependent-inside. Name > you-passive > make holy-imperative-perfect. Sacred power you-passive to > come-to-imperative. > Hâ vouâ-fai ouoe leâi-fae lau ve-mê oepanê. > That way heaven-oblique so earth-oblique will you-passive to > do-imperative-perfect. > Ouha nini te nea-mê nini-fae nea e-fae teivahaivohîpa > Food we(exclusive)of day-passive we(exclusive)-oblique day > this-oblique > to give to give-to-inside-imperative > Oâvae-mê ê-lou nini-fae oemêlinê hâ e-mê nini-lou ê-fae aoîmaevateinê > Wrong-passive these-active we(exclusive) oblique to do-in > defavor-dependent-perfect, that way this-passive we(exclusive)-active > these-oblique to leave-away-in favor of-perfect > Ouoe oe oâvae nini-mê ve-lou aoîmaevateipanê > So evil deed we(exclusive) you-active to leave-away-in favor > of-perfect > Nini-mê ve-lou euhâmoo-fae auôluvahîpa > We(exclusive)-passive you-active temptation-oblique not-drive-in > defavor > of-inside-imperative > Auhei nini-mê ve-lou oâvae-fae hoûooetepanê > And we(exclusive) you-active evil-oblique > liberate-from-imperative-perfect. > > > What do you think of it ? >
Eh... Wow? :))) I must say most things elude me (the format of the interlinear doesn't help :(( ). Planning to make a webpage I hope? :)) Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.