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Re: Quick language sketch -- Hrondu

From:Eric Christopherson <raccoon@...>
Date:Friday, January 26, 2001, 22:08
On Fri, Jan 26, 2001 at 02:01:33PM -0600, Patrick Dunn wrote:
> Verbs also have a form, the construct state, which is used like an > participle, gerund, and supine form all in one. It's formed by suffixing > an -e to the verb. > > verae- -- loving > > This effectively makes the verb a prefix. When added to a modal verb, it > acts as the compliment of the verb. > > tasii -- to need > > veraetasii -- needs to love
I like that. Reminds me of Japanese desideratives (if that's the word) of the form tabetai: tabe "eat" + tai "want" = "I/he/she/we/etc. want to eat."
> Adjectives are stative verbs
> Here's a sample text, the first two lines of Wulf and Eadwacer, or, in > Hrondu, Wulefa Edawakaa tu
What is "Wulf and Eadwacer"? I've never heard of it, but Eadwacer looks like a form of the name of that Germanic (Vandal?) chieftain, Odovaker or Odoacer. Am I right?
> ss ya hrecapa ni undau lpa ssndu ya ss e jisa jii! > he SUBJ camp LOC come.COND and they SUBJ he OBJ kill.will kill > If he comes to the camp, they will kill him for sure
First, why two words for "kill"? Does doubling the verb give it that "for sure" sense? Second, I really like the way you use condition + "and" to make if-sentences. I've had the same idea but haven't put it into effect yet. I think I got the idea for it from Unix shell (bash) scripting, in which the following statements do the same thing: if test -f /foo/bar; then cat /foo/bar; fi and test -f /foo/bar && cat /foo/bar For the non-Unix-savvy, these both check to see if a file called /foo/bar exists and, if it does, then display the file. The second (more seldom used) type is the one that reminds me of the kind of condition sentence you made; "test" can be glossed as a conditional affix or "if," "-f" as "exists," "&&" as "and," and "cat /foo/bar" as "display /foo/bar." Thus: test -f /foo/bar && cat /foo/bar COND exists /foo/bar and display /foo/bar. I hope I made sense there :) -- Eric Christopherson / *Aiworegs Ghristobhorosyo