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Re: 80th lexicon entry

From:Rik Roots <rikroots@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 19, 2001, 19:20
> ObConlang: what kind of conjunctions are in your conlangs? Are they > equivalent to the English "and", "but", etc., or are there different words > for the various meanings of "and", or are they divided differently from > conjunctions in English? > > > T >
After a significant review earlier this year, Gevey now has 7 groups of conjunctions: coordinating (27 so far, for listing); predicate (7, for asking questions); dependent (13, for dependent clauses); temporal (7, a subset of dependent); switch (4, another subset of dependent); and relative (6, for embedding a relative clause within a host clause). The 7th group - subjective - is derived from coordinating and dependent conjunctions. I'm quite proud of the coordinating conjunctions, as these allow me to pull together some quite complex object phrases, and lessen the need to twist the language into a series of long-winded clauses (which was what was happening before the review). For example: tuusrhe, âl luetse, âl leprhe the dog and the cat and the rabbit tuusrhe, âl luetse, âl leprhe deth îhzdem ken a dog and a cat, and a rabbit without its babies tuusrhe tet óhsle, fyal leprhe tet huuwuu the dog as a friend, yet the rabbit for food tuusrhe - dog luetse - cat leprhe - rabbit îhzde - baby/young óhsle - friend huuwuu - food ken - its A complete list (to date - I may add some more) of the coordinating conjunctions is... âl - Inclusive (and) áp - Exclusive (but) brants - Specified (each, every) cat - Actionable (for, for the) daet - Grouped (as part of) deth - Unaccompanied (without) én - Subtractive (nor) fyal - Contrastive (yet, but) jaath - Superior (and especially) kats - Instrumental (with) laes - Full quantitative (all) monts - Paucal quantitative (a few) nash - Negative (definitely not, no) nied - Nil quantitative (none, no) nets - Posessive (for) nith - Inferior (but not especially) paesh - Equivocal (and possibly) pits - Additional (also, too) pout - Ungrouped (alone) roen - Group inclusive (together) sats - Non instrumental (without) shas - Positive (definitely, yes) skik - Group exclusive (apart, apart from) tath - Accompanied (together with) tet - Applicative (for, as) tots - Plural quantitative (some) vav - Alternative (or) Rik, knee deep -- The Gevey language reference