Re: CHAT: Bouncing (jara: My girlfriend is a conlanger!)
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 25, 2003, 22:14|
Isaac Penzev wrote at 2003-03-18 13:52:59 (+0200)
> Katav Jan van Steenbergen:
> > > Perhaps the next poll could help me gather some data by asking
> > > for people's height and weight as well as some basic
> > > characteristics of their conlangs; basic syntax,
> > > accusativity/ergativity/other, presence of cases, etc.
> > Hehe. Length 1.90m, weight somewhere around 100 kg (it was a long
> > time ago I weighed myself, so let's say 100 ± 5 kg). Favourite
> > word order VSO. Inflective language. Accusativity. Cases, but not
> > too much (preferably seven or so).
> Ok. I'm 1.78m, weight about 90 kg. Favorite sounds:
> ejectives. Favorite word order: VSO/NA. Agglutinative or with
> semitic-like infixes. Accusative with traces of ergativity and
> activity. More elaborated verb morphology than noun one. Favorite
> sounds: ejectives.
I'm the same height [as Yitzik], approximately the same weight, and
I'd agree with most of this. Well, I'm not so keen on accusativity.
And I've never really learned to pronounce ejectives... but I like
Mayan languages, which have glottalized consonants, even if I can't
pronounce them. VOS might be as good as VSO, but NA is important.
I'm particularly fond of semitic-style interdigitation, infixing,
ablaut and other non-concatenative morphological processes - beyond
this I don't have much preference between inflection and
agglutination. I'd agree about verbal vs nominal elaboration, but
it's not a crucial point.