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Re: Klingon (was Re: Fictional auxlangs as artlangs (was Re: Poll))

From:deini nxtxr <deinx.nxtxr@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 23:05
> [] On Behalf Of Mark J. Reed
> > On Tue, 16 Dec 2008 19:43:16 -0500, deinx nxtxr wrote: > > > Phonologically it only has one really odd phoneme. > > Huh? What is the one odd phoneme? How can an isolated > phoneme be odd?
By "odd" I meant "uncommon". The phoneme in question is /t_l_h/. ISTR reading that Okrand specialized in the North American languages found in the West so it's not too surprising. I know Nahuatl/Aztec has /t_l/.
> > > The only grammatical thing that I see being "different" > are the verb > > prefixes > > > that represent subject-object combinations. > > The odd thing there is that it's an agglutinating language, > but has subject/object combined into unanalyzable prefixes. > That kind of one-affix-tells-you-many-things feature is > usually associated with inflecting languages.
At some point years ago I read through the Kligon grammar pretty thoroougly, and this was the only part of the language I really found difficult, but my interest didn't carry me into actually trying to learn the language. I tend to look at a lot of conlangs just to satisfy my curiosity about their structure.


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Herman Miller <hmiller@...>