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[UPDATE] New Language: Zhyler (Noun Classes)

From:David Peterson <digitalscream@...>
Date:Thursday, April 11, 2002, 7:43
<<Do you have an idea of the kind of society that

produced the language?>>

    In a word, "no", but this...

<<Your noun classes look to me

like the product of a society, that lives close to

nature, and that is perhaps not exactly primitive, but

definitely not very developed technically.>>

    ...sounds right.  :)  There might possibly be a contact-thing going on
with a more advanced one...

    With that said, I've updated my noun classes.  There aren't as many now,
but some have had their boundaries pushed.  Here there are (same rules apply
for last time for reading them):

[Important note: Pay attention only to the descriptions I've given, and not
necessarily the example members--I haven't changed those, and many need

i.) -kA/ka: Sentient beings (humans or imagined intelligent life) which don't
have a particular career or job or title associated with them: man, relative,
mother, aunt, boy...
ii.) -vEn/ven: Animals that live on the land and have fur: bears, dogs, mice,
raccoons, horses...
iii.) -ZFl/Zil: Animals that fly that aren't insects: birds, bats...
iv.) -mXs/mos: Animals that live (essentially) in the water: fish, jellyfish,
shrimp, lobsters, sharks, whales, dolphins, seals, mollusks, anemones...
v.) -dI/di: Sentient beings that have a job or career or title associated
with them: king, teacher, blackbelt, sage, lawyer, doctor...
vi.) -bOl/bol: Plants that stick up out of the ground and are higher than
one's knee, and anything that's tall and thin: trees, bushes, some flowers,
buildings, statues...
vii.) -jJ/ju: Indestructible/non-living natural objects: mountains, lakes,
oceans, stars, planets, rocks, dirt...
viii.) -kIz/kyz: Animals that live on the land and have no fur: frogs,
lizards, turtles, elephants, rhinos, hippos...
ix.) -mAl/mel: Insects: beetles, ladybugs, butterflys, dragonflys, flies...
x.) -lEr/lar: Plants that cover things or raise no higher than one's knees,
and things that run along the ground: grass, moss, certain types of flowers,
rivers, roads...  (worms/snakes?)
xi.) -DB/Da: Ideas, concepts, emotions, places (e.g. names of
xii.) -SW/SM: Things made by humans that a man of average build can lift and
hold without difficulty: baskets, staplers, swords, books, headphones,
xiii.) -dZN/dZ9: Things made by humans that a man of average build cannot
lift: houses, trains, cars, steel girders, airplanes, boats...
xiv.) -nQ/nu: Actions, things one can do: running, (a/the) jump, pointing,
swimming, jogging, working, kyaking...
xv.) -wW/wi: Substances: sweat, breath, fire, water, air, gas, slime, honey...
xvi.) -gI/gM: Parts of things: leaves, stems, limbs, pods, handles, seeds...
xvii.) -bAn/ban: Food, or possibly edible things: noodles, vegetables, meat...

Oh, and...

<<If it were my language, I would probably create a few

more "abstract" classes, for example: a class for

images and/or things that are not what they

appear/pretend to be. Things like dolls, statues...

Just a thought, of course!>>

    Sounds like you've got a noun class language to create for yourself.  ;)


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