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Re: Conlang fluency

From:SuomenkieliMaa <suomenkieli@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 15, 2001, 13:23
Vo! (Hi!)

On Mon, 7 May 2001 MGreenlee@AOL.COM wrote:
> > Is anyone at least able to form basic sentences in > > conlangs without consulting a grammar or lexicon?
On this end, definitely not! Still struggling to formulate my conlang (Vya:a:h) during my "spare-time" and when motivated... At the moment, I'm working on this (probably well-known-to-all) concept for deriving a multitude of verbs from other verbs through prefixes (ie, eat --> overeat). This week it has been with the word for 'exceed' or 'surpass' - "yyi" (sorry - don't know SAMPA well enough yet to use the acceptable notation, but for laymen's terms, "yyi" is pronounced like English "ewh" when disgusted, very long, following quickly by Romance languages' letter "i" or English "e"). Anyhow, verbs like "tauhll" (come) become other verbs like "yyitauhll" (arrive), or "rrho-auhlm" (we were) to "rrho-yyiauhlm" (we existed). In short, I can easily produce basic sentences without consulting any notes (b/c that's all I've got!) like: Hyyva:aze, Hyyva:voa, Hyyva:noxdj Good morning, Good day, Good night (-straight trans.) Ga:yyyga:yyy^a:a:h Vya:a:h yyiauhn yyzvyyuv! Important+become^language 1-language(=Vya:a:h) over-be(3rd sing.) we+for/you(pl.)+for! "Vya:a:h, a language becoming important, exists for us all!" DJaofts yyiiin yyzv. Child+the over-greet I+for. "The child bows for me" (*NB, Just fyi, there is a difference between u, uu, y, yy in Vya:a:h -- hence y + yy often produce yyy; also, I use z to indicate a long i sound like the English word "I". Naturally, Vya:a:h script is better suited and above vowel or consonant clusters are not so bad.) May I have better luck in the following weeks, as I hope to be able to send in a good sample of Vya:a:h for MGL's book. Matt33 __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Auctions - buy the things you want at great prices