Crazy Ideas, Part 1
|From:||Danny Wier <dawier@...>|
|Date:||Friday, July 7, 2000, 22:41|
I was very pleased to find that Encyclopædia Brittanica is now online! That
brought the library a lot closer to home, and you can't go wrong with
I was researching Nostratic, Indo-European, Afro-Asiatic and Altaic. Then I
came up with a form of Latin that borrowed Turkish's agglutinative system. The
first idea was a unified present indicative active conjugation of verbs:
amo "I love"
ama "thou lovest"
ame "he/she/it loves"
Yup, the final vowel determines person. To form the plural, just add an
all-purpose plural marker:
amos "we love"
amas "you love"
ames "they love"
Nouns are pluralized with the -s (or -es) suffix: can "dog" > canes "dogs", fel
"cat" > feles "cats", equo "horse" > equos "horses", hom "man" > homes "men".
Masculine nouns end in a consonant or -o. To feminize the noun, add -a (or
replace -o with -a). Neuters add -o, but since masculines can end in -o as
well, that leaves no distinction of masculines and neuters. If a noun ends in
a semivocalic -i- before the masculine marker -o, the neuter is formed with -e,
not -o; -a is still used for feminines.
Case formation is suffixal and usually based on Proto-Indo-European case
Nominative: zero ending (i.e. noun ends in a consonant, -(i)o, -(i)a, or -ie
Vocative: -e added to consonant stem (masculine); otherwise same as nominative
Accusative: -(e)n [acc. plural: -(e)n(e)s]
Dative/Locative: -ei for consonant stems, -i for vowel stems
Other secondary cases are formed with the former prepositions: elative -(e)c
(from "ex"), illative -in (from "in"), etc.
Anybody who wants to take up the project may do so. I'm just posting ideas for
various conlangs, and giving you the chance to do the work and claim the
product for yourselves; I ask for no credit unless you insist.
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