Re: OT: hi
|From:||Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, November 14, 2001, 8:46|
En réponse à Kasunagi <kasunagi@...>:
> hi i'm new to this and will be posting peces of my lang igalang soon
> (just as soon as i figure out what to say! any way for a 19 year old i
> intreseted in things a liitle above my age:) my name is sean by the
> c-ya later - sean
Hi! And welcome to the list!
Things above your age? since when is conlanging X-rated? :))) Anyway, here
people range from 13 years old to 60 or so (not sure of the last one. Sorry if
I made you older than you are! :) ), so you're absolutely not too young (in
fact, lately we've seen quite a lot of new members who are about your age. So
you're in good company here :) ). I myself am 25, but I arrived here when I was
22-23 (don't remember exactly).
As for presenting your language, usually people begin by giving the phonology,
that's to say the sounds of the language and how they are written (or
transcribed, in case you also have a conscript going with your conlang). Then
they explain the morphology (not always), that's to say how sounds can combine
together (usually by the structure of the syllable), which sequences of sounds
are possible in the language and which are not. And then they explain the
syntax, that's to say the "grammar", or at least give an overview of it (I tend
to make overlong posts about the grammar of my languages myself, though I know
I shouldn't :) ). You can begin for instance by explaining how nouns behave in
your language, if they have definition, number, gender, noun classes, etc... If
the function of the noun in sentences is handled by cases, word order,
pre/postpositions, or something else... Then you go on with the verbs, what are
their marks, do they inflect for tense, aspect, mood, etc... Do they agree with
their subject, in person, in number, in definition, and/or in gender, etc... Do
they also agree with their object or not, or even with other participants...
How do you handle interrogation, negation, etc... Of course, you can first talk
about the verbs and then about the nouns :) . Finally, you can talk about
sentence structure, i.e. what's the order of the constituents (Subject-Verb-
Object, or for short SVO, like in English, or SOV like in Japanese, or VSO like
in Classical Arabic, or VOS like in Malagasy, etc...), how you handle
subclauses, relative subclauses, etc...
When you've finished with that, I guess everyone will have a pretty good idea
of what your language is like, especially if you can give examples :)))) .
Anyway, please present us what you did, and don't be afraid of the list I gave,
you don't need to fill all the slots I presented you :)) .
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