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Re: Questions About Grammar

From:Amanda Babcock <ababcock@...>
Date:Thursday, July 15, 2004, 14:18
On Sat, Jul 10, 2004 at 08:08:43PM -0400, Adam F. wrote:

> I was wondering if anyone had any advice from their own experiences > with developing the grammar for their own conlangs, or any advice in > relation more specifically to the use of conjugation and declension, > which is a little confusing to me.
Well, my first question would be, have you ever studied a foreign language to learn to speak it? While I often get inspired to make a language sketch from reading a description of some novel form of grammar, the most long-lasting conlangs and the conlang features that I incorporate into them seem to spring from internalizing the grammar of a foreign language by learning to speak it. So if you haven't done it, I would suggest studying an inflecting language in a classroom situation where you can use it with the other students.
> I was really glad to find this mailinglist, and actually hope for a > billion replies.
You might have more chance of starting a mailinglist thread full of replies if you convince your mail program to stop setting the Reply-To: header. Currently your mail program is requesting that replies go directly to you instead of to the list, so unless the person responding to you changes the To: field back to the list, the rest of us will never see the response and be unable to start a healthy discussion. Thanks, Amanda