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Re: New Language!

From:Rodlox <rodlox@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 22:52
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From: Chris Bates <
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Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 11:40 PM
Subject: New Language!

> I've started the first language in a long time that I'm happy with. :) I > start quite a lot but most of them strike me as unsatisfactory pretty > quickly,
I know the feeling.
> and I generally become bored or depressed trying to fix them, > but my latest is the first I've been remotely happy with in years. I've > nicked a few bits from basque (mainly some ideas from the basque verbal > system), from Hungarian, and a few things from other places... > The reason I was asking about split ergative systems before is because > my new language has got one, and its slightly messy, and probably breaks > the universal about animacy and split ergative systems.
I don't see a problem. (even the universe breaks universal laws - look at singularities).
> Its split as > follows:
[sorry for my snipping things that I'm still learning, and thus wouldn't be able to productively help with]
> Phonology wise it isn't amazingly interesting, apart from the fact it > has no bilabials or labiodentals whatsoever (no p, b, m, f, v, w...) but
" y goodness - no eanut utter?" :) (sorry).
> it does have a set of dental fricatives (which I decided not to spell > using the handy unused letters f & v because that would be too easy). > If anyone's interested I'll post some examples when I've made some good > ones... or maybe a babel text. :)
um, if I might be so bold as to suggest a few things to start with... 1) "You ain't nothing but a hound dog" (Elvis) 2) "Live long and prosper" (Spock) 3) "We must either find a way, or make one." (Hannibal) 4) "I am not a crook" (Nixon, I think) 5) "Read my lips" (Bush) how're those? *curious*