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Affixes and other things... (Was: Basque Article)

From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Thursday, August 12, 1999, 4:42 writes:
>I've done two languages (Deverrin and Sari) that were inspired in part by >Esperanto, back in the early 80's when I was still in high school and any >information about conlangs was hard to find. Both these languages have >tables of correlatives that were similar in pattern to Esperanto, and they >used negative prefixes instead of separate roots for antonyms. Sari even >used -n for the accusative case. Deverrin, the later language, was less >similar to Esperanto, and eventually evolved to be more like my Alzetjan >Elvish language.
Well, i should have figured a few people would have done what i'm doing :). Anyway, it actually makes sense to me for the affixes because i can get a lot of words out of roots. I'm finding i can add more than one affix into the roots now. For instance, the root <tul> has to do with selling (tulobo - to sell). Tuleka means "store". The offspring of a store: tulekona - franchise (or branch store) :). A group of these stores: Tulekoneja - corporation :). That's what i have right now. i can see this heading towards very very long words (like tulekonejewa - CEO (boss of the franchises / branch stores). Mostly i have been playing around.
> > >The idea of using final vowels to distinguish parts of speech is one that >I've borrowed in a number of languages or sketches, such as Jaghri and an >early version of Eklektu.
I actually am doing this somewhat (such as the <a> ending to distinguish nouns). But i did think of that before i read deeply into Esperanto (a couple of years ago i toyed with the idea of using vowels to distinguish parts of speech). ____________________________________________________________________ "Raw to the floor like reservoir dogs" - A.V. Helden ____________________________________________________________________