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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! Nicole -- -- "They look like white elephants," she said. "I've never seen one," the man drank his beer. "No, you wouldn't have."