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question - for organizing a long-delayed language

From:Rodlox R <rodlox@...>
Date:Saturday, May 7, 2005, 22:18
I've finally gotten around to starting to try and find organizing principles
to sort/simplify Metes (that terror of conlang discussions)...but I'm not
sure how to proceed.

What I did, originally, was to take the PIE words, modify them slightly, and
type them in X-SAMPA as I thought they would be pronounced.

Unfortunately, what resulted was that several words had widely differing
definitions  (ie, "ba" means both "to speak" and "to shine")...and other
definitions had a great many words (a lotta words that mean "to tear" for
some reason).

here are some ideas I've had thus far...suggestions more than welcome:

teq(m) = 10
teu- _=_ to do, perform, show favor, revere .
teu- _=_ to lack, to be wanting; to tire .

teu-teqm = to revere 10; teqm-teu = to lack 10

WeIq _=_ clan {social unit} .
WeIq- _=_ to bend, wind .
WeIq- _=_ to fight, conquer .
WeIp- _=_ to turn, vacillate, tremble ecstatically .
WeqtI- _=_ thing, creature .

WeIq-WeqtI = clan of creatures;
WeIq_WeqtI = to bend the creature;
WeqtI-WeIq = vacillate the creature  (oops)

thank you for your time.



David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>