Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: metaphors?

From:David Peterson <digitalscream@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 14, 2001, 19:19
In a message dated 11/14/01 5:42:40 AM, dreamertwo@HOTMAIL.COM writes:

<< >ObConlang: What are particularly colorful or vivid metaphors in your
>conlangs, if they exist?
WHat meanst thou by this writing? If truely thou dost mean metaphor paltry few have I to offer but if mayhap thos meanst more generally an figure of speech then can I give thee ensamples to entertain thee. >> I remember the first time this was posted I refrained from posting anything because all of my languages are just swimming in metaphors--both common and not. Since I have triconsonantal roots and fixed forms for different types of nouns, it can lead to neat metaphors. For instance, I have dozens of words for "sky" all derived from different roots using the place noun. So, the roots for "star", "cloud", "fog", "rain", "sun", "moon", "wind" and others all have a word associated with them meaning "sky" in the place noun category. The human noun of the verb "to crawl" is another word for "baby"; the transitive verb form of the word "cheek" (on the face) means "to embrace"; the verb form of the word "lion" means "to roar"; and then the root /n-j-k/ has lots of oddities: the prepositional form means "now"; the verbal noun form is "the present"; the intransitive verb is "to happen"; the transitive verb form is "to cause"; the object noun form is an event; the day form is "today"; the utility noun form is a cause; the transitive utility noun form is a motive. And then someday I'll showcase what I've done with derivational morphology in Mbasa. ;) -David "s&m raSalo SirejsatIm, spAjs Zi v&TIl dZaGagzaZA." "If it keeps on rainin', the levee's going to break." --Led Zeppelin