|Date:||Wednesday, March 5, 2003, 4:46|
New member, non-academic, currently working on a very loosely Semitic
language for a novel. It uses the tri-consonantal roots (with
occasional two and four-consonant roots), and a pattern system (still
incomplete). However, the triangularity common to semitic languages
isn't really present (largely because I found out how it worked, more
or less, well after I'd gotten the basics of the language where I
liked them). Word patterns are generally C V or V C, with common C V V
n'Deren (current working name) is a verb-subject-object language, with
a singular, dual, and plural. It has markers for complete/incomplete
and tense (present, past, future), and a particular set of verb/phrase
to indicate whether the action has or has not been completed, and
whether that is a desired result. ('mâ'â yáîna' would indicated that
the action in the immediately preceding verb has not been completed
and is not desired to be completed. 'yáîna' alone would indicate that
the action has not been completed and is desired to be completed).
(á=/aw/ in caught, â=/ah/ in father, î=/ee/ as in feed, a as in cat.)
It uses an extensive system of both infixes and personal pronouns, the
use of which is largely determined by relative social standing of the
people conversing; pronouns are used in reference to higher-status
people, infixes in reference to lower-status or among friends.
Pronouns are also used in combination with infixes for emphasis: "I, I
caught the gelfling!"
Otherwise, I'm currently interested in old Germanic languages,
Byzantine Latin, and Japanese old and modern.