Taxonomic languages and igididity
|From:||Nokta Kanto <red5_2@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, January 21, 2003, 8:05|
I've wondered about making a taxonomic language with a not-so-minimalist
root construction, that solves the problem of all words sounding alike by
using head-dropping syntax.
To invent an example,
Gom = visual
Gomardo = picture
Gombak = pencil lead
Gombakiro = pencil
Gomardobak = pencil picture
Gomardobakden = draw a pencil-picture
To say "I draw a picture with a pencil", you wouldn't use all of the entire
words, just the relevant endings. I'm not going to invent a syntax here, so
I'll just use pseudo-english.
With a gombakiro, I bakden an ardo.
On the other hand, if you said "I draw a cat, two genets, and a lion", then
you would use very specific language for the act of drawing, because there
are fewer context cues, and general language for the animals.
Ben = carnivore
Benulo = viverrid
Benulosira = genet
Benulom = feline
Benulomaka = cat
Benulomudo = lion
I gomardobakden a benulomaka, two sira, and a mudo.
At first glance, this seems to be a workable solution to the problem of
igididity in taxonomic languages. (It also offers a wonderfully fruitful
source for use of subtlety and puns.) What do you think?
"Everyone's different, except me." --Noktakanto