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Re: niKòmbá: conlang sketch

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 31, 2001, 6:12
David Stokes wrote:

>niKòmbá is inspired by Bantu languages with a little Tagalog thrown in. >The vocabulary is entirely a-priori.
Interesting models-- that ought to confuse the "Language Identifier"! Years ago I had a field-methods class with a W.African language called More, spoken in (??- they've changed the name; capital Ouagadougou). According to one student's research, it's in the Bantu family, but the word-classes are indicated only by different sg/pl _suffixes_. It also turned out to be tonal, though we didn't get far with that since we only realized it in the last two weeks of a 10 week quarter.
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>niKòmbá uses serial verb constructions instead of prepositions. Multiple >verbs agree with the same noun to denote a complex action. > >Ex. gyà "man", nàdlá "house", wím "to walk", zán "to enter" > kogyàlan panàdláblo kowíbya kozábya. > "The man house walked entered." or "The man walked into the house.">
There is an interesting discussion of serial verbs (in Oceanic langs. and elsewhere) going on right now at the Austronesian Lang. list. You can access the archive at <>. Kash does something similar, though I'd be more inclined to call them "compound verbs" e.g. _mi/fosi mi/nopra roshen_ lit., we-sail we-cross (the) sea, 'we sailed across the sea'. So-called auxiliary verbs behave in much the same way: _mimelo minahan_ 'we want to eat'. Insofar as I've thought about it, these constructions differ in that one of the subject pronouns can be deleted in Aux+verb (so usually mimelo nahan, but melo minahan might be OK too) -- but not in the Vb+Vb case.