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Re: Trigger languages (was Re: New Survey: Celtic Conlangs (and other lunatic pursuits)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 15, 2003, 21:52
En réponse à Roger Mills <romilly@...>:

> > This request still stands. >
And will be answered positively :)) . But unfortunately not today :(( . I haven't got enough time to do it :((( . Note that I read your mail. Tsou looks like a very interesting language!!! The use of the triggers is far from straightforward (I mean, goal for the patient :))) ), and I like the idea that there are class of verbs that have different trigger inflection :)) . Much more interesting than Tagalog which is quite straightforward in that respect. In Itakian, there are only phonological processes that change forms, but the trigger affix partly agrees in class with the trigger noun, so it provides for some variety.
> > but I will see to put a few > >examples tonight (if I can, which may be difficult since the vocabulary > of > >Itakian is basically only its name :((( ). > > > That does create problems.....Improvise! Improvise! >
I'll try :)) . Since I've already worked most of the derivation processes of Itakian, I'll just have to come up with a few roots :)) . And note that the fact that there are also interrogative sentences will also allow me to show how nominal sentences work in Itakian (since interrogative sentences in Itakian are always nominal :)) ). Nominal sentences don't work exactly like trigger sentences, but do have things in common :)) . I'll try to come up with something for tomorrow :) . Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.