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Re: Apostrophes

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Monday, August 19, 2002, 17:52
On Sat, 17 Aug 2002 21:10:41 -0700 Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>
> Type 2: The most common use of an apostrophe is to join a word to > something modifying it. For example, > jhelle /ZEl/ good > geir /gi:r/ more > There also exists the particle "geir'" which must be attached to > another > word -- for instance, "geir'jhelle", which would mean "more good" > or "better". There can only be one apostrophe per word, so > t' /tE/ and > *t'geir'jhelle ==> t'geir jhelle > even though "geir jhelle" is still considered a single unit.
> Arthaey
- Wow, that's sort of similar to what i do in Rokbeigalmki. Rokbeigalmki 'prepositions' are actually detachable case-prefixes, that detach and change when they get doubled up on eachother. For example: LA' = on NGA' = from LA'WAJU = on a house NGA'WAJU = from a house in order to say "from on top of a house", you have to double-up the prefixes NGA' and LA', which detaches them from the word WAJU and lengthens LA', turning it from /la(?)/ to /lOr/: NGA'LAUR WAJU = from on top of a house The -AUR forms are also the noun equivalents of the prefixes, for instance LAUR-A /lOr?a/ with the definite article means "the surface". But, since the combination NGA'LAUR can also mean "above" (LA' "on" and its opposite NA' "under" necessitate being in contact), to say "from above" you need a third prefix: NGA'NGAUR LA'WAJU = from above the house NGA' + NGA' + LA' = NGA'NGAUR LA' However, since the 'long forms' can also be used as nouns, unlike the attached prefixes they can be used by themselves. So you don't have to specify: NGA'NGAUR LA'WAJU = from (NGA') above (NGA'+LA') the house you can also just say: NGA'NGAUR LAUR = from (NGA') above (NGA'+LAUR) -Stephen (Steg) "there is darkness all around us; but if darkness *is*, and the darkness is of the forest, then the darkness must be good." ~ song of the BaMbuti in troubled times