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Looner spanguage

From:Estel Telcontar <estel_telcontar@...>
Date:Thursday, January 29, 2004, 20:50
(Note: I'm still nomail, so if enyone responds to this, I'd appreciate
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I'm inventing a crazy language! ( It's gunna be located in my frend's

It uses spoonerisms az part of its grammar.

Classic spoonerisms speech errors where onsets of two werds are
switched, like the case of the preacher who ment ta say "The Lord is a
loving shepherd" and insted said "The Lord is a shoving leopard".

Of course, what this langwage has arent classic spoonerisms, since
they'r part of the grammar, not errors.

Spoonerizms are used in two contexts (maybe eventually more, but only
two that I currently know of.)

1. The onset of a determiner (article, deictic, posessive pronoun) is
spoonerized with that of the noun its associated with.

Thus, from the words [me] "my/me/I" and [cLebas] "house", is made the
phraze [cLe mebas] "my house".

2. The onset of an auxiliary iz spoonerized with that of the verb it iz
associated with.

Thus, the words [lore] "can" and [cintam] "sing" woud come together as
[core lintam] "can sing"  (altho thats leaving out some other
obligatory grammatical stuff, wich I'll get to in a minit.)

Next odd feature:
Many word-types such as adjectives, or syntactic pozitions such as
objects must be preceded by a prefix known as a "binder".

The binder is the first CV of another word that "binds" the word to
which the prefix is attacht (only C wen the following word begins with
a vowel).  There is often some concept that the binder is modified by
the word it binds by giving a prefix to it.

For ixample, an adjectiv recieves a binder from the noun it modifies.
Thus, "my green house" is translated as:

[cLe cLe-treSo mebas]
(from [me]"the" + [CV]"BINDER(from[cLebas])" + [treSo]"green" +

Situations where binders are used:
(word receiving binder is first, then word giving binder)

1. adjective + noun
2. adverb + adjective
3. adverb + verb
4. verb + subject
5. object + verb

Next feature:
Pluralization is done by copying the last VC or CV of a word (if a word
ends VC, the last VC is copied; if the word ends CV, the last CV is

Thus, "houses" woud be [cLebasas]

Other info:
-Stress is on the first sillable, not counting binder prefixes.

-Constituent order can be SVO, but other orders may also be allowd; I'm
not sure yet.

-Personal pronouns

I = [me]
you = [Te]
he/she = rin
it = kin

we (including addressee) = yom
we (excluding addressee) = keom
youguys = TeTe
they (hnau/rational) = rinin
they (non-hnau/irrational) = kinin

The 2nd and third person plurals are formed according to the
pluralization rule, but the inclusiv and exclusiv first person plurals
arent - note that neither "we" = "me and at least one more me", but 2nd
person plural can = "you and at least one more you", and third person
plural = "he/she and at least one more he/she" or "it and at least one
more it"

I'm revolting agenst standerd Inglish spelling.  Odd spellings ar probly intentional.

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