Alien conlang idea
|From:||Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>|
|Date:||Monday, July 19, 2004, 16:20|
I had an a really unusual idea for a language the other day (how often do I
say this) and it strikes me as being outside the range of what's plausible
for humans, but possible plausible for aliens.
Every word in the language is a noun-verb compound. The nominal part is
expressed as a triconsonantal root, as in Semitic languages. The verbal
part consists of the vowel pattern. The valid templates are
which, with a 5-vowel system gives a total of 2160 possible forms. There
are no real sentences as such, just long strings of noun-verb compounds
building up the meaning.
Suppose we then have the nouns slf (I), kns (dog), skl (bone), tld (child)
and the verbs e_a_ (have) _i__ (give) __uo (undergo) oa_e (receive), then
eslaf otalde silf knuso tild skulo okanse
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."