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first dribbles of YAC (Yet Another Conlang)

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Thursday, April 17, 2003, 9:20
While hoping for publication, I started on a story that bubbled to the surface
and wouldn't go away; it threw up two names:
Kablon - his name
Hraivinye - her name

and a word:
|nkrapaye| = "reserved"

in the sense of |puhi| in Maori referring to a chief's daughter, who was being
kept a virgin in hopes of arranging a strategic match with her and a
neighbouring chief's son.

|nkrapasha| is the male equivalent, a chief's son who is being kept away from
"common" women so his parents can say he has no unecessary dependants, and is
therefore a "cost-effective" breeding partner for a neighbouring chief's

|-aye| appears to be the feminine ending for passive participles; |-asha|
appears to be the masculine ending.

The internal structure I haven't yet worked out, and the rest of the
phonology, whathaveyou, but |-n| appears to be a masculine nominal ending,
and |-ye| a feminine.  |-n-| is regarded as a vowel, as is |-m-|, |-l-| and
|-r-|, thus I expect names like Rdashtraye to occur - she's The Prophetess,
and I think |-r-| initial is either the definite article or a demonstrative
adjective.  That would make |r-| "the/that" |dasht| "to see, look intently"
|-ra-| causative particle |-aye| feminine passive participle; "she who is
shown things".

I'll let youse all know if anything else eventuates.

Wesley Parish
Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?"
You ask, "What is the most important thing?"
Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata."
I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."