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 - 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).