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Re: SURVEY: Scariest Short Sentences in Your ConLangs

From:Remi Villatel <maxilys@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 30, 2005, 23:46
Tom Chappell wrote:

> What are the scariest 5-word and 10-word sentences in your ConLangs?
> (Or, similar-length sentences; polysynthetic languages can use fewer words, > of course; isolating languages can use more. Or you can have a
> and a 12-syllable sentence; or an 8-morae and a 19-morae sentence. Or whatever)
I thought there wasn't any really scaring sentence in Shaquelingua. The Shaqueans are very peaceful people who don't threaten nor hurt eachother intentionally. But I found one word which can scare a Shaquean: /bërjë/ [bE.xjE] It's the irrational 2SG pronoun that should be used only for animals, artificial lifeforms and things that are not people. It's hard to translate without a context, so here comes the sentence: /be gäre luflijër töyö'çaki bërjë./ [be: g3xe 4u.f4ijEx tOwO:'Caki bE.xjE] be gäre luflijër töyö'çaki bërjë QLT DOTA ignorance RTSP.FUT=1PE IRR:2SG = We will ignore you, you which isn't a person. What didn't go through the translation is that this "ignorance" will be a future habit and "to ignore" actually means "to intentionally refuse to acknowledge the presence". It's scary because it's a sentence of banishment from the Shaquean Collectivity. It's the last thing you want to hear and the last words you hear --for an undetermined time, maybe forever-- if it's addressed to you. /bërjë/ is like the last nail to your coffin. It states that you're no longer a person according to the Shaquean Collectivity. Scary, isn't it? -- ================== Remi Villatel ==================


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