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New lang (unnamed, poly)

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Saturday, December 8, 2001, 19:42
Yesterday I was struck by the need to create a polysynthetic language.
I haven't got the faintest idea how they work, really, so this will probably
only make small children cry.


    p     c  k   - voiceless
    b  d     g   - voiced
    ph th ch (kh)- aspirated
       tw cw kw  - labialized
    m  n  J  N   - nasal

    l (w) tK S s (5) (L) x ?

        i y   U u    vowels (can be short or long)
        e 2   O o    (diphthong inventory uncertain yet)
       (a)  V A

(The stuff in parentheses are phonemes I'm not sure about keeping)

Syllables are [fric]-C-[nas/lat]-V-[nas].

Anyway... A sample:
    "It was in my former book"

(Spell that? "pokisleshykeñixdöythônkwe" ?  I think stress is either initial or
final, not sure yet.)

Broken down, bit by bit:

    po  -kitw-lV -Syk  -V  -Jy-ix  -d2y -thOl-kwV
    PERF-COLL-LOC-write-GEN-1S-COMP-near-on  -be


    PERF - perfect/past
    COLL - collection
    LOC  - location
    GEN  - genitive
    1S   - first person singular
    COMP - Don't know the word for this...
           if "happier" is comparative to "happy",
           what's "less happy" to it?

Anyway, as -Syk- is 'write' or 'scratch', -lVSyk- is a place for writing
(generally a leaf of paper), and -kislVSyk- (kitw+la = kisla--a sandhi rule, I
suppose that is) a collection or set of them, i.e., a book.

-kwV actually means something like "do, be, engage in", which I don't quite
understand, but I think is semantically similar to Dunamy "tói".

As for -d2y- which is "near" or "previous", there was a temporal-spatial
metaphor that caused this, something about visualizing time or events as flowing
into or out of the speaker--either the past was "internalized" or the future was
seen as moving out from one's self--but I forget which way and I'm in too much
of a hurry to figure it out again.

And, yeah, things are written on books, not in them... (this probably has to do
with how the word for 'book' is formed).

How's this?