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Re: Adpositionless conlang?

From:Pablo David Flores <pablo-flores@...>
Date:Saturday, March 13, 2004, 13:14
"David Peterson" <ThatBlueCat@...> wrote:

> <<I heard get* you = "I heard from you" > She needs wood want* building house = "She needs wood to build a house" > He poured wine put* glass = "He poured wine into the glass">> > > The first to notice is that at least for these first two, at least, there > often is no adposition--it just so happens that English uses them
I do have the chance to say "I heard you", but it means something different from "I heard from you". As for the second sentence, yes, I could do with "She needs wood <some conjunction> she wants to build a house", but the idea was to link the two things closely with a single verb phrase. Now, noun incorporation is really a good idea. I'll have to see if it fits into the language (which in principle is not very fond of compounding) and in which cases. The language has no morphological case marking. There's only plain nominative-accusative word-order-based alignment (SVO). What I did think about was having the possibility of dropping the subordinated verb when context was clear, in the same way as English allows one to say "I'm working this Saturday" with no preposition of time/location. Bukurys ai tsicha da-mye. bukur-y -s ai tsicha da=mye kick -3s-PRF PART sand 1s=face "(He) kicked sand (into/at) my face." (the complete form would use _emi_ "give*" or some similar subordinate verb before _da-mye_.) --Pablo Flores "The future is all around us, waiting, in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain." -- G'Kar quoting G'Quon, in "Babylon 5"