|From:||B Elliott Walker <umwalk05@...>|
|Date:||Friday, November 17, 2000, 6:47|
>good to see you are back on the conlang list!
>I'm lurking lately, but I'm very interested what is the status of Shdeete?
>Do you have some more grammar yet? I'm very interested!
it's been a while, but i couldn't stay away. i WISH i had more grammar for
sdeete worked out, but sadly, no. i was hoping to do a ton of it this last
summer, but my home-life decided to go to pot instead. bleah. (and just in
case i needed any more self-pity, a song called 'sucks to be you' just
started playing on the radio)
however, if you just need a taste to tide you over, i have the sdeete number
system sketched out (the cardinals, anyway). The basics (n#'s 1-10) are an
impressionistic cobbling-together of a priori and quebec east cree forms.
1 pêc 11 pêcap 21 nito-tâne usa-pêc 'usa' is the
2 nito 12 nitosap 22 nito-tâne usa-nito case marker, denoting
3 nece 13 necesap 23 nito-tâne usa-nece 'with'
4 kêwat 14 kêwacap 24 nito-tâne usa-kêwat
5 hiyan 15 hiyanep 25 nito-tâne usa-hiyan
6 kaptwa 16 kaptwaap etc...
7 pâte 17 pâstesap 100 tomitanaw, pêcetomitanaw
8 âton 18 âtonep 1,000 mitâswâk, pêcemitâswâk
9 nupayok 19 nupayoksap 1,000,000 mîwon, pêcemîwon
10 nimkutât 20 nito-tâne
for numerals that end in 9, there are two systems:
59 hiyan-etâne usa-nupayok - '5-DECIMAL MARKER COMITATIVE-9'
= 'fifty with nine'
59 pêc anâmi-kaptwa-etâne - '1 SUBESSIVE-60-DECIMAL MARKER'
= 'one underneath sixty, one less sixty'
an example of a larger number: 1,962
>this is where this system gets scary, it's rather... large.<
pêcemitâswâk usa-nupayôketomitananaw usa-kaptwa-etâne usa-nito -
= one-thousand COM-nine-hundred COM-6-DECMARK COM-two
so........there it is. any questions?
as for my signature phrase, 'pâtakimwukêc atimwêup apiyêupim
it means 'hast thou never seen a dog sitting in a tree?'
it's really, really old shdeete - 2 years or so, so it doesn't bear much
resemblance to the language now, but keep it in my sig anyway.
pâta-ki-mwuk-ê-c atim-wê-up api-yê-supim ecanuk-wûp-ôk
see-2S-NEGadv-PST-INT dog-ACC-FOC sit-PST-FOCREF tree-DAT-LOC
as you can see, it has a needless amount of cases and such grammatical
protuberances flying about... rather ugly, but i find the sentence in its
entirety to be eye candy at its finest. in sdeete's present incarnation, it
would look like.... ugh. i don't know. will poke through my notes and piece
it together tonight.