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Re: Verbless English

From:Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 12:34
On Tue, 25 Feb 2003 19:03:47 -0500G
Rachel Klippenstein <estel_telcontar@...> wrote:

> Hi, I've been experimenting with a conlang-type > project to write in verbless English. The aim is to > use only real English words or plausible coinages to > write without verbs. Typically, forms one of several > simple verbs could be inserted into a sentence, mostle > "BE", but ofted "GO" (or come), and once in a while > "DO". Here is a tale that I've turned into Verbless > English (If anyone catches any escaped verbs, please > let me know.) > > Rachel
Excellent. I very fond of con-Englishes. Also, story great. Where from? Curious effect in story; in my mind, many adjectives now like verbs, for example "he happy" not like "he i* happy" but like <warning: verb!> "he happies" </verb>. Nice. Like Chinese.
> The story: > > Once upon a time, two brothers. One a miller. The > other, everyone_s opinion that he a no-account young > fellow. His name Little John. > > The miller always cheerful and happy. One day, the > king along to the miller_s town with his bodyguard. > > His speech to the miller: _My friend, you very happy!_ > > The miller_s speech: _My king, so far in my life never > any pain or trouble. Truly, I happy._ > > The king_s speech: _Very well. Today, trouble to you. > My wish: three questions for you. If at seven > o_clock tomorrow, no answers from you, then death for > you. The questions: How much I worth? What the > moon_s weight? What in my thoughts? > > Then, the miller thoughtful and unhappy. Hard > questions. The king worth a lot, but how much? > > Then, Little John to the miller. His speech: _You > very sad. What wrong? A burnt batch of bread?_ > > The miller_s speech: _Oh no, much worse. The king to > here today with his bodyguard. From him to me three > questions. Correct answers from me necessary, or death > for me._ > > Little John_s speech: What the questions?_ > > The miller_s speech: _How much the king worth, what > the moon_s weight, and what in the king_s thoughts._ > > Little John_s speech: _You full of worry about that? > Very easy. No need for worry. I to in your place, > you to in my place. Your clothes for me, please. > Flour production by me. You to away! I here in your > place._ > > The miller very happy about the exchange. Little John > soon at work, and from his lips song. When the king > to there with his men, the song to his ears. > > The king_s speech : _Time for your answers to my > questions. How much I worth?_ > > Little John_s speech: _Twenty-nine pieces of silver._ > > The king in a state of surprise. His words: _What! > Twenty-nine pieces of silver?_ > > Little John_s speech: _Your worth not greater than our > Lord_s, and his price thirty pieces of silver._ > > The king_s speech: _True. You the winner for this > question. Now the next question: What the moon_s > weight?_ > > John_s speech: _The moon? Its weight one pound._ > > The king_s speech: _A pound? Surely not!_ > > Little John_s reply: _Yes, my king. Four quarters of > the moon, and four quarters in one pound._ > > The king again in agreement. His next question: _What > in my thoughts? > > Little John_s speech : _In your thoughts, I the miller > with answers to your questions. But in fact, I his > brother._ > > And so, the king the loser of the contest, and the > miller still safe and still songs from his lips with > joy.
s. ---- Stephen Mulraney She wolde weep, if that she saugh a mous e::ataltane Kaught in a trappe, if it were deed or bledde. at -- Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, GP.144-145