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Re: Nineteen-year-old language sketch unearthed!

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Sunday, April 29, 2007, 19:05
Roger Mills wrote:
> Amanda Babcock wrote: > >> I exchanged languages with two of my friends, but >> we never really learned each other's to speak it! > > We weren't really _speaking_ Thenian, so much as reciting from memory, much > as one might do parts of the Latin Mass. > >> This reminds me, I wanted to mention one of my sketches that I really did >> do at 14 or 15 years old. It was called "Ahlotarnom Intelokeyt", which >> meant "The Most Difficult Language". Why was it so difficult, you ask? >> Why, because it had really quite a number - *several*, even - of >> declensions >> and conjugations! And cases! As many as 6 or 7! > > About average, by today's conlang standards :-))) > > My very first effort, at about that same age, consisted of exactly 1 verb-- > bhar/anoi 'to bear', with about 10 pages of conjugated forms-- indicative, > subjunctive, imperative, desiderative, participles and probably more. I > don't recall any nouns :-(( That lang. too was based on ill-digested > encylopaedia articles (vintage 1900) on Sanskrit and "Indo-Germanic" > "philology", and wherever the cross refs. led. The singular endings > were -mi, -si, -ti but after that it went off into a-priori-land for the > dual and plual :-))))
At the age of 14 or 15, I would have been just starting with Olaetian. I had no idea about cases of nouns, but I was familiar with French and Spanish, so I did have verb conjugation.