Mutated English: Re: Joe Re: Conlang by Mutation
|From:||Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>|
|Date:||Friday, December 19, 2003, 18:08|
--- Joe <joe@...> wrote:
> Remember long ago, when I proposed that many of us
> work on a seperate
> variant of English. And see what comes out, and see
> if they're mutually
> intelligible? I still think that'd be interesting.
> Any takers still?
Here's my candidate for quikie mutated English:
Word order: more or less irrelevant. All gramatic
functions marked by suffixes or marker words of some
verb stems = present tense first person
tense suffix, e.g. "did" for past
pronoun suffix for person
I ran -> run-did-I -> rundidai
you said -> say-did-you -> saydidyu
he planted -> plant-did-he -> plantidy
object takes -it-is suffix
He gave the book ->
book-itis give-did-he ->
Binding an entity to a verb:
When a named entity such as "john" is to be bound to a
verb the special word "thadiz" (that-is) is placed
between the verb and the name:
John gave -> givdidy thadiz John
The indirect object marker is formed by a
prepositional stem and a pronoun suffix:
to her -> toher
The same special word is used to bind a named entity
to the indirect object marker:
John gave the book to Mary ->
Bookidiz givdidy thadiz John toher thatiz Mary.
(Book it is gave he that is John to her that is Mary)
Givdidy thadiz John toher thatiz Mary bookidiz.
Givdidy thadiz John bookidiz toher thatiz Mary.