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Re: Divine conlang usage (Was: Word used more than once)

From:Shreyas Sampat <ssampat@...>
Date:Friday, May 19, 2006, 11:38

>>ObConlang - does anyone have a language in which some grammatical form >>is related specifically to religious observance? >> >>
Yes! Nrit has an entire pronoun system based on the stem <ainu / ainw> and a number (also used for the zero number) used to refer to divinities and sacred objects. It's a little baroque; <ainu> inflects for number but things agreeing with it take 0-number marking. I'm usin' this as an excuse to write examples: "Jauhareh, ainu hhalithi-ni mas,a-tsih si tarngi-ni?" J. GOD meat-sg.AGG eat-2.0 COMP think-1s Jauhareh, I suppose you (a god) eat meat? Replacing <ainu> with the second-person <siti>... "Jauhareh, sit-a..." (sita is the 0 form) Jauhareh (not a god), I suppose none among you (the addressees, or perhaps J.'s many identities) eat meat? -- Shreyas