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Re: monovalence

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 9:02
staving Henrik Theiling:

>So how did you come up with the idea? As I said, for me, it was a >solution to the (my?) argument vs. adjunct problem.
I think that the idea originally came up from the Conlang Evolution Experiment that I ran on the Talideon wiki The initial language (kingifa) was entirely isolating, and I later wanted to create a noun system with cases. I did that by agglutinating common phrases into single words That got me thinking about the semantic overlap between cases and verbs. I'd considered clause chaining as an alternative to cases for isolating languages previously. I think that the alien aspect of iljena comes from stipulating that neither nouns or verbs can ever stand alone - hence the quasi-semitic morphology. Pete