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Re: Isolating or synthetic (was: ANNOUNCE: My new conlang S11)

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 8, 2005, 12:59

Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> writes:
> Haendraeg isnerq:
Please don't write me with a 'd'. It's one of the endless fights in my life telling people that my name is without 'd'. Give me the phonology of your lang and let me chose another name, or use 'Henrik' literally, or use any other obfuscation, but no d-raped version, please! Anyway |r| is [R], not [r], no no sandhi /nr/ => [ndr] here, please.
> > The whole thing will be polysynthetic again, I think, but that's > > more of an accident: I started with an isolating lang, like above, > > then made all the particles clitics that attach to the previous > > word. This would yield the following words: > > Funnily I'm starting to think of going the opposite way > with Sohlob! I can't get no satisfaction :)
I liked the polysynthesis of Qthyn|gai, and I want to explore more, that's why I decided this.
> WRT the local case system, and since I'm looking at Classical > Chinese at the moment the idea of chucking the case system > altogether came up, ...
Hehe. :-) When I learnt some Chinese, my next conlang was highly influenced by it, too. :-)
> Now the problem is how to keep the lang ergative/fluid-S if it is > isolating?
I don't think so -- Tyl Sjok is fluid-S, too.
> Presumably intransitive sentences would be VP while > transitive ones be AVP.
Hmhm. Tyl Sjok also has AV.
> There is also the problem of justifying vowel harmony > if the lang has no (grammatical) affixation!
That'd be strange, yes. Not really an isolating idea. :-) **Henrik


Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>Isolating or synthetic
Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>