"nonasemy" ( was: Re: your conlang, please? (Rich Aunt gets hold
|From:||And Rosta <a.rosta@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, October 8, 1998, 13:29|
> In broad outline, Lin is a compact lang, with a compression factor of
> about >3.0 wrt English. Ex., "i5o m" means all of '(the) important
> agreement is possible'. It has the feature of nonasemy, whereby each word
> of the lang has at least 9 meanings (three PoS decked on three
Shdn't that be "enneasemy"?
> Disambiguations of these meanings at sentence-level is by
> the use of 'bi-valent morphemes' or plain 'interfixes', ie., adfixes that
> join two words.
> As to Hambhukringki, it relies on certain symmetries in semantic space. It
> generalizes usual actions and meanings into their symmetric supersets
> along more than one axis (space/time/internal-space). At sentence-level
> the symmetries are broken through the *interaction* of different words
> (rather than modifying a single word depending on its clause-role), with
> the result that there are no words that are completely
> nouns/verbs/qualities, but words that carry part of these meanings: in
> short, fractional PoS!
This is the scary result you get when a physicist invents a language!