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Re: Alien conlang idea

From:Jim Grossmann <jimg4732@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 20, 2004, 20:32

1.	This is almost like making verbs do the work of cases, which is a cool

I say "almost" becauses case affixes are closed-class morphemes and verbs
are open class.

That means you don't have to use the same old "have," "receive," "undergo,"
and "give" all the time;  you could use instead many different verbs to
convey many shades of meaning.
(In my nonce example, any group of English words joined by semi-colons will
gloss a single word in the conlang)

I-give;by;handing;over  child-take;with;hand  dog-be;reassigned;a;new;owner

child-give;by;handing;over   bone-be;placed;in;clutches;of

You could have *tons* of fun making exotic verbs in your language.

Jim G.


I-have child-receive I-give dog-undergo child-give bone-undergo dog-receive

means, "I give a dog to my child, who gives it a bone."