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Re: THEORY: irregular conlangs

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, September 30, 1999, 23:26
Daniel Andreasson wrote:
> It seems to me that there should be some correlation > between frequency and irregularity. There should be > a border somewhere, where a word isn't so frequent > anymore that it becomes irregular.
Somewhat true. Because it's more difficult to learn irregular forms, if they're not common. Which is why some people say "oxes" rather than "oxen", since "ox" is no longer very common in most people's speach.
> Anyway. My two questions. What do you guys think > of this? And do you do this in your conlangs?
Yeah, to some extent. Mostly with nouns. Verbs are pretty regular.
> AFAIK, in most languages the copula verb is > irregular, but most conlangs seem to be very regular. > Am I right or wrong?
I'm not sure, I don't get that impression, it seems most people have some degree of irregularity in their conlangs. -- Oh Lord, grant that we may always be right, for thou knowest we will never change our mind. - Scots Prayer ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor