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

From:Irina Rempt-Drijfhout <ira@...>
Date:Friday, August 13, 1999, 16:55
On Thu, 12 Aug 1999, FFlores wrote:

> What is <fx:>?
A visual effect like in a movie.
> These derivations are really clever, I must say! I try to do things > like that sometimes but they don't come out spontaneously.
With me, they don't come when I try. The Esperanto effect takes over then, I set myself to thinking what it *should* mean, losing track of what it *does* mean. The really surprising derivations only happen when I don't try, for instance when I derive something from a half-remembered stem without bothering to look it up.
> What I do when things become too regular is to mess with the ancient > language so that adding a suffix umlauts or syncopes a vowel, or changes > a consonant in some locally regular but globally unpredictable way.
I can't do that, because I know very little about earlier stages of the language, and also because it would mean that I'd have to make a lot of changes to the status quo that would make a lot of earlier texts invalid, and that's a side effect I don't want at all. Irina Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself) (English) (Nederlands)