Re: THEORY: irregular conlangs
|From:||Sally Caves <scaves@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, October 2, 1999, 6:18|
Ed Heil wrote:
> For example, the conjugation of ts'a', "to hear/understand" in the
> present is:
> sing dual-plural distributive plural
> 1 diists'a' diits'a' dadiits'a'
> 2 dinits'a' doohts'a' dadoohts'a'
> 3 yidiits'a' yidiits'a' deidiits'a'
> 3a jidiits'a' jidiits'a' dazhdiits'a'
> But 'aah, "to learn," is:
> bohoosh'aah bihwiil'aah bidahwiil'aah
> bohoolh'aah bohoolh'aah bidahoolh'aah
> yihoolh'aah yihoolh'aah yidahoolh'aah
> bihojiil'h'aah bihojiilh'aah bidahojiilh'aah
> and "to walk around" is:
> naasha neiit'aash neiikai
> nanina naah'aash naahkai
> naagha naa'aash naakai
> njigha nji'aash njikai
> (Thats one of the ones where the root changes acording to person: a,
> 'aash, or kai.)
Utterly fascinating. If you were trying to think of the hardest and
weirdest conlang to invent, I don't think you could come up with
stranger than some of our own natlangs. Unless it was a different word
for every noun in the language depending on whether it was mine, yours,
or his (actually proposed!). And I think someone came up with a natlang
that actually does that. That's still a possibility for Teonaht-- in
words of relationship only. My father, your father, his father, where
"father" in each instance would be a different word. God, religion,
country, and language could also participate in this variation.
No wonder Navajo was made the code language for the military.
> Now, there are certain more or less predicatble things (like yi and
> ji in 3rd person, sh and n/lh in second person, da in distributive
> plural), but it really just has to be memorized.
Do any verbs repeat?
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