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Re: New Language: Zhyler (Noun Classes)

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Thursday, April 11, 2002, 6:40
Basically I like the way you work out your idea of 20
noun classes, although I agree with some of the other
repliers, that certain characteristics seem a bit
superficial to me. Before creating a class like "all
others" it might be useful to make an inventory of
words that would belong to it and eventually create a
few more classes, or, as Christophe suggests, spread
them over the other classes. Usually not the rules but
the exceptions make a language interesting!
Do you have an idea of the kind of society that
produced the language? 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. Especially
animals are well-represented, and even plants score
better than humans.
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!


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