Major overhaul of Mungayod
|From:||Dan Seriff <microtonal@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, September 3, 2000, 18:39|
This is a huge change. I decided that I hated the entire
pre-inflectional system, so I trashed it in favor of a post-inflectional
one. So far I've only done one class of verbs, the consonant-final class
(the only acceptable verb-final consonants are t, s, m, N). The
conjugation is pretty straightforward, and heavily Latin-based in its organization.
For a regular verb like /kuset/ (to write), the Pres. Act. Ind.
kusetiI, -iu, -ilu, -i kusefeilA
3PS has 4 possible genders, and in the active mood, the inflection
differs accordingly (passive only has one inflection)
Most verbs have 3 distinct stems and one "sub-stem": present
(perfect=sub-stem), primary passive, and secondary passive. For /kuset/,
they are /kuse(t)/- (/kus/-), /kAisEn/-, /kAide/-.
I won't write out a complete conjugation, because there are 22 different
tense/mood/aspects (active/passive, indicative/subjunctive, 6 tenses).
There will be one up on my webpage sometime in the future, about which
the list will be notified.
For reference purposes, I've given each verb 6 principal parts, to cover
all the various root forms...for "kuset":
kusekA - 1PS Present Active Indicative
kuset - infinitive
kusmAs - 1PS Perfect Active Subjunctive
kAisEno - 1PS Present Passive Indicative
kAidEo - 1PS Imperfect Passive Indicative
kust - Present Active Participle
While I was conjugating various verbs, I discovered that Mungayod has
geminate consonants! In a verb like /IN/ (to name), the perfect becomes
/In:nik/, and /OYt/ (to do), becomes /OYt:tik/. It usually only happens
in single-syllable verbs. But, now I have to come up with some way to
indicate that in native writing.
Now, a pertinent question: is it too terribly weird to have 3 classes of
verbs distinguished by endings in a consonant, front vowel, and back
vowel? I had already finished doing the consonant-conjugation, when I
started to think that this might be a little strange or contrived.
Si iterum insanum me appelles, oculum alterum tuum edem.