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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 ICQ: 18656696 AOL: NikTailor