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Re: New Conlanger Stuck, would you help?

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, October 1, 2001, 11:41
En réponse à cybersolutions <assai@...>:

> OK, I am new to the conlanging community, and I want to create a > language, which I am currently calling Latik. >
Welcome! We're always happy to have new members here! [snip explanation of the "problem"]
> > What is the advice of the countless readers and writers of the list on > acheiving a conlang of high density (when spoken) and utility? >
I have a possibility: why bother with conjugations at all? There are plenty of languages out there that don't modify their verbs at all. If you really need to have tense marks, adverbs like "now", "then", "later" are enough, and you don't need to repeat them when the time frame is well known. In the same way, you don't have to repeat pronouns for subject and/or object when it's clear what you're talking about. Japanese does fine with nearly never using pronouns, Chinese does fine with nearly never marking verbs with anything. So, if compactness is your goal, don't bother with conjugations and pronouns. Especially if your word order is quite strict, you won't get much ambiguity anyway. Christophe.