Re: Mauve and a related conlang question
|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, June 5, 2002, 16:46|
Clint Jackson Baker wrote:
> Okay, now here's a conlang question--how do your
> conlangs deal with colour
Six basic colors:
Black: Vaziu (hmm ... just noticed it resembles _vazia_ "act out of
rage" or, as an auxiliary "angrily/in rage")
Blue: Mlal (or malau, dialectal variation)
Reduplicating the color terms can be used to indicate "central" shades,
for example, _tadi_ can include orange and yellowish brown, plus
streches a little into what we'd consider green. However, _taditadi_
can only mean bright yellow.
As it turns out, most of the color terms have slightly irregular
reduplicants. :-) Green is _maisiasiasa_ because it ends in -iasa.
Adjectives ending in -iasa regularly reduplicate only that suffix, which
becomes -iasiasa (aia is illegal in U.) Blue is _mlallal_, a phonetic
simplification of _mlalmlal_, while red becomes _gazinuuzinu_
(Based on klau and vaziu)
These are placed after the color they modify, e.g., _mlal klauiasa_
"light blue" An example in context: _pivazin pimlal piklauiasa_ lit.
"circle blue light" "A light blue circle"
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