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USAGE: How to say This Week?

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 11, 2003, 8:23
    A recent (and very loud :-)  ) misunderstanding
between my daughter and myself got me to wondering
how to designate, in our conlangs, the current
week we are in, the week following the current week,
and the previous week.
    (FWIW, the misunderstanding came about because
although we were both speaking English, my daughter
was probably thinking in Hebrew. This matters because
in English, "this week" refers to the current week.
But in Hebrew, "this week"  refers to the week _following_
the current week! [ the current week is referred to as
"the week" --- |ha-Savua|  ]  )
    Anyhow, obConlang, I found that I didn't have any way
to express this in rtemmu. So I came up with the following:

I used the three suffixes:

    1. -xas  = during the process under discussion
    2. -saxas = the "universal process" after the process
                     under dicussion has considered to be finished;
                     ie "after"
    3. -xasax = the "universal process" before the process
                    under discussion is considered to have started;
                    ie "before, previous"

and added them to the word  dono`gndadar  ( o` = [O]  )

( = "week",
don = 7
o`g = compounding particle
ndadar = 24 hour day
thus  don-o`g-ndadar   = 7-day, or week.)

Leaving out, for the moment, those infamous
but interesting rate-of-change-markers ;-)
I came up with:

dono`gndadarxas  =  the current week

dono`gndadarsaxas  = the week after the current week

dono`gndadarxasax = the previous week.

How do you all handle this in your conlangs?

Dan Sulani
likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a

A word is an awesome thing.


John Cowan <cowan@...>