Re: Conlang fluency
|Date:||Tuesday, May 15, 2001, 13:23|
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!
over-be(3rd sing.) we+for/you(pl.)+for!
"Vya:a:h, a language becoming important, exists for us
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
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.
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