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Grie Ka #1 (was Re: ,Language' in language name?)

From:Hiroshi Kato <hkato@...>
Date:Friday, November 30, 2001, 16:49
From: "Adam Walker" <dreamertwo@...>

> > Zeha ordelain Ka friutomyeucu ranef! > > (Why don't we speak Ka on as many occasions as possible!) > > > >Hiro > > Well, so far Ka looks pretty un-Japanese to me. Your phonotactics don't > look even faintly Japanese. And the word order is un-Japanese too. How > about some examples of yuor lexicon. I'm always interesed in the weirdest > lexemes in everyone's langs.
Oh, you asked for it!! Let me try to sketch how words are constructed in Ka. When I started the project, I really wanted my conlang to be a "philosophical" one, which means it should have fairly systematic word-constructing methodology. Words being constructed systematically, words with similar meanings or words in the same category should have similar forms and sounds. On the other hand, it is among a similar meaning word group that is often used in contrast and has to be distinguished most in forms and sounds.. My conclusion was I have to seek balance between these two opposite driving forces. So I looked around at real world examples, and found Chinese ideograms (Kanji) were doing a really good job. Most Kanji characters have two parts, one resents the sound and the 'flavour' of the meaning of the character, and the other represents its category. I tried to mimic this principle of Kanji and I decided the basic structure of word in Ka as the combination of two parts: the former part suggests vague meaning of the word, and the latter part defines the category it belongs. For example, fixpul fix + pul breakfast ( ix = long i ) haripul hari + pul lunch sompul som + pul supper This level of similarity among related words is not at all unusual. In fact, in Japanese, chooshok breakfast chuushok lunch yuushok supper And in Ka, this construction is used more universally (or at least as much as I can) You may ask, why 'category' part is the latter, not the former. There are two reasons. The first reason is (this is just my instinct) that psychologically words are more distinguishable if they have endings common. Please compare the example above to the following case. pulfix pulhari pulsom Which case is more distinguishable to you? ( Same? ) I think it is more true when they are read loud. The second reason is in Ka, words in the same category heve the same 'inflection' pattern. For example, -pul has following 'inflections': haripul act of having lunch hariplyef cuisine served as lunch hariplesn food served as lunch haripil person having lunch hariplkel person having lunch with etc. The point is once you got this inflection, you can also apply it to 'fixpul' or 'sompul' or any other word as long as it shares the same ending '-pul'. That's all for today ! Questions and comments are welcome ! Please wait until I manage to post 'Grie Ka #2.' (I'm planning to do it as series.) Hiro