Re: Aelya question
|From:||nicole perrin <nicole.eap@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, January 23, 2000, 22:47|
Aidan Grey wrote:
<snip first query>
> Second query:
> I have another problem - I love morphology. So, I keep trying to add
> ooodles (3 o's is on purpose!) of neat stuff, like cases like Finnish,
> morphosyntactic qualities like Navaho, a gajillion (it's a technical term)
> deictics, and so on. On top of that, I'm never happy with the affixes or
> umlauts I assign. How do you folks deal with this - I can't be the only
> person here (and I know I don't have time to start ANOTHER lang - I'd like
> to finish this one!) with this problem?
No, definitely not the only one. My Nevokányi has upwards of seventeen
cases -- all in common usage -- plus more uncommon ones. But it has an
ultrasimple verb system. What I try to do is spread my love of
morphological complexity over many languages, so that another language
might have really complex verbs, and another might have a complex system
of postpositions, or word order, or noun-adjective agreement, etc. For
me, this is the easiest way, because I think if I had all that
complexity stuffed into one language, I'd rip my hair out!
"They look like white elephants," she said.
"I've never seen one," the man drank his beer.
"No, you wouldn't have."