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Re: Analyzing Ayeri's syntactic and voice alignment (long)

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 11:47
David J. Peterson wrote:
> > Emphasizing the parenthetical comment, I'd say you're done! > As I said (and Ray quoted), just because the conlang trigger > system doesn't exist in the real world doesn't mean it's a bad--or > even necessarily unrealistic--system. It simply means that it's > unattested. If you're system makes sense to you, then I don't > see what the problem is.
Amen! Amen! Surely one of the reasons some of us have conlanging is to try out ideas. Simply because a system is apparently unattested in the real world is IMO no reason at all why it should not be used in a conlang. Indeed, i would argue there is even more reason to try it out. I endorse David's comment entirely: *If your system makes sense to you, then I don't see what the problem is.* Experimenting with different systems, and especially original systems, surely helps give more insight into linguistic systems generally. Whether the system you are trying out originated from some misunderstanding of an existing but unfamiliar natlang system, or from a flash of inspiration or from whatever source seems to me immaterial. The thing is, if the system makes sense to you and seems to work, then I say 'Stick with it!' Originality is interesting - natlang clones can be so boring ;) -- Ray ================================== ================================== Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora. [William of Ockham]