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Re: Ethnologue Entries

From:Mikael Johansson <mikael.johansson@...>
Date:Sunday, November 5, 2000, 20:11
A few ConLangs specific to the SF creative writing project Orions Arm

    Academic Coronsese (Coronese, Cyb-Coronese) {Mikael Johansson}
Main language of communication within academic circles within Corona (Iota
Piscium I). Developed from a highly cyborgian dialect of High Anglic
sometime during the 8th and 9th millenia. Ultimately an ancestor from 20th
century english, but with heavy sound changes and grammar changes to adopt
it to the academic and cyborg-dense milieu of an university network close to
the inner sphere.
Word order SVO, extremely isolating and with a high degree of paired
tag-markers inherent to the language. Employs quite advanced uses of
metasyntactic variables, of logical groupings etc.

    Umma (Umma of the Shell, Shellumma), proper root WMM {Mikael Johansson}
One of the languages spoken in the Umma -- the spacebound decendants of 20th
century moslem arabs. Ultimately based on arabic, it employs a system of
consonant roots for semantics and vowel and semi-vowel patterns for
grammatical distinctions.
Umma features three different vowel lengths, but only three different base
vowels. Three numeri are present: singular, plural and omnative (denoting
_all_ of a kind). Wordorder quite free, but VSO and SVO are favoured. High
number of cases, and six geni present. The verb is declined after five moods
and two times -- now/future and past. Pronouns may be suffixed to nouns and
verbs, or independent.

    Daharran (proper name not yet discovered) {Mikael Johansson}
An alien language belonging to the ancient civilisation of the Daharrans;
insectoid 2m tall centaurs. Their apparatus for vocal expression features
three independent vocal cords; and the language is shaped after it.
Agglutinated, probably SOV prevalent (not known yet, probably very free) and
with the number 3 very prevalent throughout the language. 6 genders, 9 cases
in three groups, 9 finite moods and 2 infinite (infinitive and participle),
3 times, active/medial/passive distinction, 3 aspects (singular,
progressive, repeated), stasis distinction. The singular numerus covers both
singular and dual.
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// Mikael Johansson