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Re: 3 aspects. Interesting.

From:Ajin-Kwai <wpii@...>
Date:Friday, December 3, 1999, 3:21
On Wed, 1 Dec 1999, abrigon wrote:

> I can see it, was working on a like idea in my conlang.. > Living, Non-Living and concepts, but what of things that are more than > concepts, such as pain?Or is that under Sensatory? > > Mike > > >> As far as the language is concerned, there are 3 basic pronominal roots >> distinguishing animate, inanimate and abstract. There are around 20 >> classifier-type roots which distinguish a variety of sensory, shape, >> use, >> emotional, etc. categories.
Well, pain and emotions would basically fall under the abstract gender. Animate would include people and animals, and nowadays computers, TV's and radios that are TURNED ON, etc. Inanimate would include other physically manifest objects, plants, rocks, etc. Abstract is everything else. There is one other gender, but it refers only to one thing: the aggregate of existence (draqa concept of God). Of course, since everything in the Universe is included in this version of God, technically, anything can fit into this gender (of course, context must be appropriate here). There is a class of words that are extremely vague that are used to refer to things in a pronoun-like way, but aren't really pronouns. In any case, the system uses natural gender, as there is no overt marking or agreement. Just for fun, I'll kinda show what I mean... pronouns: xan ego kaean 1st person exclusive plural miks 1st person inclusive plural moi other animate wahi other animate (1st obviate) da other animate (2nd obviate) wik narrative animate plural mak narrative animate plural (obviate) fehwa other inanimate faho other inanimate (obviate) coi other abstract cal other abstract (obviate) fehi "the Universal" (a.k.a 'Xemba') kwai general wan interrogative "classifiers": akeh people/animals (considered to be people) kila class or group of people saki birds, flying things (would include airplanes, etc.) pona plant bor body parts, integral parts of objects doa location, environment, setting pipi large structure hioc open construction (like a table, stand, etc.) kui "box"-shaped construction co tool, household implement (also includes rags, etc.) paska textiles, clothing, ornaments spa flat object bada long narrow (cylindrical) object xixi circular object xis mass objects (sand, liquid, fire, air, etc.) tekno modern technology (dike the word "gadget") ayo processes, actions, occurences, situations xoi songs, language, dance, emotions, colors, perceptions These "classifiers" are used often, because draqa people are too lazy to keep on calling an object by its "proper" name. Technically, these are supposed to be bound the the "kwai" pronoun, but most of the time draqa people are too lazy to do that either. Many items could fit into more than one category, but are only referred to with a specific classifier. Anyway... a beac, yasmin