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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") White: Klau Red: Gazinu Yellow: Tadi Green: Maisiasa 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_ Also: Light: Klauiasa Dark: Vaziasa (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" -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42