Not purely isolating (was: Dropping Q and C)
|From:||Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Monday, January 17, 2005, 18:38|
On Sunday, January 16, 2005, at 09:17 , Gary Shannon wrote:
> --- Ray Brown <ray.brown@...> wrote:
>> On Saturday, January 15, 2005, at 11:09 , Gary
>> Shannon wrote:
>> Frater which, like Gary's conlang, is isolating and
>> takes the bulk of its
>> vocabulary from Latin & Greek, certainly does not
>> adhere to Latin spelling.[snip]
> Having never heard of Frater (where HAVE I been?) I
> had to go look it up and find out how it compares with
> what I'm playing with.
> One big difference is that I was planning to mark
> words according to their parts of speach with some
> ending on the root.
a la Esperanto :)
> Thus where Frater used "andro" as
> either a noun or adjective (as in "male dog") in my
> project I had assigned "andru" for the noun and
> "andre" for the adjective.
Interesting. The author of Frater is Vietnamese and thus his L1 is
isolating. If you alternate "andru" ~ "andre" your language is not
isolating, tho it may well be agglutinating as Esperanto is.
> Also I have about four pages so far of suffixes used
> to build new words from existing roots. Things like:
> As an example here are various words for "church".
> veno = worship
> suplo = pray
> invoko = perform a ritual of invocation
> ritulo = to perform a ritual
> transo = meditate
> sakro = consecrate, make sacred
> venariu = public place of worship
> venorim = shrine room
> suplariu = public place of prayer
> suplorim = prayer room
> invokariu = public place of ritual
> invokorim = private ritual room
> transariu = public place of mediataion
> transorim = private mediataion room
> sakriu = public place of consecration (not "sakrariu",
> as would be expected)
These words will surely cover other places of worship, prayer etc besides
"church" - places such as: mosque, synagogue, gurdwara, temple etc.?
> So I guess it's not as purely isolating as I first
No - its not purely isolating - the English translations of your words
above are the isolating pattern.
"If /ni/ can change into /A/, then practically anything
can change into anything"
Yuen Ren Chao, 'Language and Symbolic Systems"