Re: Our lost first conlang (was: Is conlang a gen...)
|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Monday, October 12, 1998, 2:01|
Carlos Thompson wrote:
> I wonder how common has been to us, those first attemps, how valuable are
> them for ourselves, are we dissapointed, are they our most beloved childs,
> are they lost or put in a pedestal ???
One of my early attempts (I've even forgotten what I called it) is
completely lost. It had a complex phonology, due to the grammar. The
language was an experiment in mutations. Every word began with CV-, and
ended with -VC, the first and last consonant, and the first and last
vowels, were mutated to form various inflections. One of the biggest
reasons I abandoned it was that it was very difficult to know what an
inflected word's root was. A t-, for example, could be a p- in the
root, or a k- in the root, both mutations occured, with different
meanings. I had a long list of roots, which helped some, and I also
kept a list of "stems", i.e., the roots with the CV- and -VC dropped, to
prevent me from accidentally creating words that could be easily
confused (i.e., if one was "kilanik" and the other was "pilanik", they
could both have a form "tilanik".
Also, it had a base-16 number system.
"A silent mouth is sweet to hear" - Irish proverb