Tunu not dead + Common lexicon for analytical conlangs
|From:||Taka Tunu <takatunu@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, October 2, 2005, 16:50|
Rémi Villatel wrote:
I surprise myself sometimes. ;-) I just opened the grammar and the
lexicon in tabs. With the help of the examples, it took me no time to
build new sentences.
Conlangers interested in analytical languages could make a common, fixed lexicon
of plain words ("concepts") and make their own personal grammar to use it. If
they need a grammar tag then they use a plain word from the fixed lexicon for
it (Khmer works fine this way.) We would end up with one root lexicon for many
languages ("bird black" and "blackbird" languages.)
Probably. I don't know Indonesian. As for "yo", I totally disregarded it
as adjectival tag. Don't ask why.
Most langs I know that have adjective+noun also make compounds/constructs as
tail+head. The only exception I heard of is Tibetan, of which I have no command
at all. So if you use adjective+noun with "texa xuka" then you may want to use
tail+head as well with "rari xaro."
Another topic is tagging construct case vs tagging object case. I browse most
analytical conlang pages and I can see that those that tag the object (with a
transitive verbal suffix or a preposition or a case suffix--which is not very
analytical anyway) don't tag the construct, and vice versa.
Err... What about imperative?
It's made with an "imperative" pronoun which is like "you", but with the hint
that you must do or be. I did not pick it yet because I don't ask for anything
in Tunu and I did not expect anybody asking.
If you want to attach "in the future"-"wi pawame" to the previous word
"hunt"-"poxe" then you use "yo": "poxe yo wi pawame" = "hunt that (is) in
That's what "yo" is made for.
"To wish" is expressed with "tai ronu taxa" "to hope-happen".
"I wish you something" = "Kiki ya tai ronu taxa we pine patu yu (xeri*) we
noko." (*xeri means "benefit", "favour.)