Ablaut/Gender[was Re: A Conlang by de group:
|From:||Mathias M. Lassailly <lassailly@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, October 10, 1998, 23:05|
/Joe Mondello wrote:
> >I am less in favor of a gender system that in more of a few standardized
> >ablaut patterns, almost as in spanish [in only one or two isolated instances
> >whisch i can think of]. for example, stems following a pattern:
> >in animals:
> >neko- to eat
> >nako- food
> >niko- eater, diner
> >niako-chef [causer of eating]
Well. You mean he feeds you ? :-)
> >nuiko-eating utensils [instruments of eating]
You mean your stomach ? :-)
You mean the action of eating ?
> Note: stems should end in a consonant (the -o I've been inserting
> in my made-up examples is a dummy gender marker), and syllables
> in a fricative, a nasal, /l/, or a vowel.
> Ablaut is certainly not a bad idea, but a bit limitating. Maybe we could
> change short into double vowels, and double into two syllables:
> nako > naako > nahako (or reduplicating, nanako)
> I'm not fond of Ablaut, as you see. But of course I'll conform to
> the majority's opinion.
> I'd feel better if we left Ablaut for two-syllable stems and longer,
> changing the last vowel(s). For example
> benol- > benaul-, benyl-, benool-
> (diphthongization, rounding, lengthening pattern)
> --Pablo Flores
I don't mean to show my own conlangs, but like others (I can't remember who else
made such language with triliteral rooting) one of my language is exactly on
this pattern with a grammar not so far from what we've discussed so far.
It's difficult for me to explain the issues I found Ablaut raises.
But this grammar is quite short and is designed to show in a few examples the
limits I found in this Ablaut system (consonant permutation) in the past years.
I had to give up and I was depressed. :-(
If you're interested, read only the first paragraphs :
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