Re: Numerical suffixes - How to use them
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, November 27, 2004, 16:59|
> Cool system. Now I can talk about my collection of Rubik's cube-like
> puzzles with cool names like sidilar cubes, the sidite tetrahedron,
> the sidant Skewb Diamond, the sidalium Megaminx, and that sidalant
> beauty that I shall soon receive in the mail. :-P
> Won't it be cool if a conlang used these compounding suffixes for its
> plural nouns and no separate number words?
> I'm glad you like it, it's been forming in my mind for a while, but somehow
> the suffixes I came up with didn't quite sound right. I know it's not
> strictly speaking a conlang as is, but certainly the idea of numerical
> suffixes is applicable to a conlang, and I'd be interested to see what you
> come up with, Teoh. I guess the suffixes as they are would fit best with an
> English-sounding conlang, but different suffixes might sound better with
> other systems.
I once had in mind implementing a suffix number system in my earliest
conlang, Fukhian. However, I did not do it there, although it was
agglutinating, so affix numbers would fit into that system.
Tyl-Sjok was isolating, so I did not find it feasible there, either.
However, the Tyl-Sjok number system I came up with is currently my
ideal breakdown of numbers, so I decided that the basic system will go
into Qthen|gai, too.
And because Qthen|gai is polysynthetic, it is the perfect place for a
suffix system, I thought.
These plans are there for quite a while now, so maybe the current
thread is a good opportunity for me to complete the Qthen|gai number
system. As soon as it's ready, I'll announce it. :-)
(An interim conlang project, S4, was also going to have suffixed
numbers, but the project is currently frozen.)
> As for me, I'm thinking of doing a con-chemistry project.
Interesting! Only Fukhian had some few names for elements and
chemical classes (and they are logically wrong. Which is ok, of
course, since it's a language... :-)). Oh, Qthen|gai has 'sulfur',
but that's currently all.
> Turkish numbers sound good here: Z = 1 = hydrogen = birium, Z = 2 = helium
> = ucium /oochium/, Z = 3 = lithium = ikium, etc. I'll post it when I think
> of something.
Hmm, isn't 2=iki and 3=üç?