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Re: GRAMMAR: Checklist hoi!

From:Edward Miller <sewerbird@...>
Date:Sunday, January 23, 2005, 22:04
On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 11:28:47 -0800, Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...> wrote:
> Emaelivpeith Edward Miller: > > My question is: do any of you have a personal "checklist" of grammar > > functions you have to address whenever you start a conlang? > > Specifically phrases (infinitive, prepositional, apposative, etc.). > > I would first point you to "Describing Morphosyntax" by Thomas E. > Payne. It talks about all sorts of areas of grammar and how various > languages (including non-IE ones!) handle the topic. > > If you just want different sentences to translate, then I might direct > you to the new page I'm beginning to compile at > >
Thanks much for the Thomas Payne reference: it has already proven itself a great help. I had thought you were referring to the Revolutionary Author of "Common Sense", Thomas Paine, so I was confused for a moment! =-) It is interesting that languages throughout the world all seem to mold themselves into forms that can accommodate all these sets of ideas. I suppose the complexity of their grammar relies upon how separately the concepts are classed, such as a separate class for adjectives in English, wherein other languages they are merely a subclass of nouns. Perhaps this is merely a trait of human collaboration: if you need to say "Don't poke me with that dreaded stick", then you're gonna figure out a way to say it, eh? -Edward (G-mail user: reply to list, not me ^_~)