Re: Twisted Worldview Co[n]langs
|From:||Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, December 9, 2003, 9:59|
Staving Estel Telcontar:
>Well, I had an idea, which never got beyond the "that's neat, what if a
>language did that" stage, which treated the speaker as the centre of
>the universe, so that instead of walking towards something, you would
>say that you walked it towards you - the worldview being that your
>motion of legs and feet etc. is moving the earth backwards under you,
>while you stay in the same place. I'm not sure how such a language
>would deal with other people's motion - if you're the centre of the
>universe, everyone else must be walking around - but when they speak,
>they speak as if they're the centre of the universe, and you're walking
>around. Would there be different verbs for one's own motion and
>others' motion? since they're obviously quite different in nature -
>you're moving everything, while they're just moving themselves.
Possibly one has to use a causative voice to describe one's own motion.
Over time the language might evolve so that the first person form of any
verb was derived from the causative voice.
A good name for such a language would be [ajnStain].