|From:||Remi Villatel <maxilys@...>|
|Date:||Friday, April 21, 2006, 7:45|
> How do you express the concept "the...the..." as in "the more, the
> merrier" in your conlangs. Senjecas does not have the definite
> article, so I'm looking for some suggestions.
Shaquelingua has no real definite article either but I wouldn't use any
of the demonstrative or resumptive that replace it. The best solution is
either an unquantitative article ("some" sg.) Then I would use a
simple causal construction (if/then).
xa dö baoti ; xa bao jö zedje.
[Za: dO ba"oti] ; [Za: ba"o jO ze.dje]
xa dö bao-ti
UNQ COND+FUT more-SUBST
xa bao jö zedje
UNQ more IMPL+FUT happiness
= (if there will be) some (applied) increase, (then there will be) some
It also works with longer sentences.
xe bao lule jötar tsiyö'çaki ; be kyö flu ra bao jiyö juça.
[Ze: ba"o 4u4e jOtaX tsiWO:'Caki] ; [be: kWO f4u Xa: ba"o jiWO juCa]
xe bao lule jötar tsiyö 'çaki
UNQ more ACQU help OBL+ATMP=1PE
be kyö flu ra bao jiyö juça
QLT EQUA toward INDEF.PL more IMPL+ATMP person
= (when) we need more help, (then) more people come.
= The more help shall we need, the more people will come.
ACQU = ACQUisitive (alien particle)
ATMP = ATeMPoral tense (universal facts)
COND = CONDitional mode (if)
EQUA = EQUAtive (alien particle)
FUT = FUTure tense
IMPL = IMPLicative mode (then)
OBL = OBLigative (must/need)
PE = Plural Exclusive
QLT = QuaLiTative quantifier
SUBST = Substantivator
UNQ = UNQuantitative quantifier ("some" sg.)
I haven't ever thought about such expressions. Thanks for the reminder.
tul'xeje zatö'çka, [tu4(u)'Zeje zatO:'Cka]
(= The 2 of us shall express ourselves again)