For Sally: Ursula LeGuin's conlang Kesh
|From:||Amanda Babcock <langs@...>|
|Date:||Monday, April 14, 2003, 18:31|
...and anybody else who is interested when this came up a few months ago.
I unearthed that letter from Ursula LeGuin. Apparently what I'd asked about
was the lack of a complete set of verb agreement suffixes (suffixed pronouns)
in the attested examples.
In response, she wrote:
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I can't send you the Complete Grammar (there isn't one!) but -
yes - the person of the verb is/can be indicated by a suffixed subject
pronoun - take the word _dad_ as verb _to go_: in the continuative-present
tense (prefix ge-) -
1. gedadr*, I am going 1. gedadsur, we [=you + I] are going
2. gedadres, you-singular [thou] gedadrin, we [they + I] are going
[belonging to my House] art going 2. gedadreres, you [of my House] are
gedades*, " [not belonging to my going
House] gedadres, you [not of my House]
3. gedad, sexless or unspecified are going
subject - it is going 3. Same as singular -
gedadin, it, he or she, is going gedad, they are going
gedada, he is going gedadin, they +O and/or O-> ...
gedadó, she is going gedada, they O-> ...
gedadó, they +O ...
* you asked about these
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"House" is a type of clan system among the Kesh. There are five Houses
that the Kesh are born into, and four non-human ones for the various
Did anybody find out if the Music and Poetry of the Kesh tapes are still
available? The offer to provide copies if they aren't still stands.