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musical language "532-41"

From:Rachel Klippenstein <estel_telcontar@...>
Date:Friday, August 20, 2004, 20:52
So, today I've finally started making some words and grammar for the
musical language I've been dreaming of for a while.

A description of the phonology of the language is here in the archives:

The basics are that there are 7 notes, grouped into beats of up to 4
notes, which are the equivalent of syllables.

To transcribe the language, I use the numbers 1 to 7 to indicate the 7
notes of the scale, not counting the octave.  I use hyphens to separate
beats and spaces to separate words.  In this system, the name of the
language is 532-41.

Every conversation begins with one beat establishing the tonic: 1
The tonic may also be repeated at the end of an utterance to close it
of nicely.
The pronouns paradigm is:

1st person: 13
2nd person: 12
3rd person: 52

1st person: 24
2nd person: 23
3rd person: 75

Basic word order is SVO, and the language is very isolating.

Now here are a few sentences:

1     13 4235
Tonic I  hungry
"I'm hungry"

Here you can see that a copula is not necessary; I'm still not sure
whether the language will include one or not.

1 54       12 543   5235
T Question you want eat
"Do you want to eat?"

Here you can see that questions are formed by adding a question word in
front of the sentence (it still follows the tonic-establisher though)

1 13 132 75
T I  see them
"I see them"

1 75   132 13
T they see me
"They see me"

Here you can see the lack of inflection: no case on pronouns (or other
noun phrases) and no number or person marking on verbs.

Hopefully I've explained things adequately...

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