CHAT: New Member With Questions
|From:||Brandon Denny <brandonjdenny@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, March 15, 2001, 16:15|
What a wonderful resource this group is!
My name is Brandon, and I am in the process of creating a small language to
use in stories that I author (I only need a rudimentary vocabulary). I am
totally amatuer, and would like to ask for help. I would imagine that
members get sick of new members asking the same old questions repeatedly,
I'd like to ask some:
1) Word Classes. What the heck is this? Obviously I am familiar with the
basics, i.e. Noun, Verb, Adverb, Adjective. When searching on-line I found
repeated references to classes that exist in other languages that do not
into those categories; unfortunatly those sites gave no explanations. Does
anyone know anything about those other classes?
2) Again With Word Classes. Can a language make a distiction in class
between, say, a proper noun, and a abstract noun? Does any know of any
languages that do?
3) Does any one know of any on-line resources that might quantify N, V,
Adv., Adj. into different general subclasses? My memory of grammer classes
is sketchy at best, and I was looking for a refresher.
4) *Disclaimer-This is possibly a foolish question* Let us say that there
is a language with noun cases (basic ones the system I'd like to use is
complex). In this language noun declension is, basically, adding a suffix.
Example: N+Non, N+Acc, N+Gen, where N is the noun.
Let us also say that we have a few other cases such as an Ablative, "from"
represented by N+Abl.
If I wanted to say, "The Man came from China," would the sentance be:
(In SOV format)
Man+Nom Come.Past China.Acc
Man+Nom Come.Past China.Abl
Which case suffix has precedence? I am only familiar with cases through
Latin, and I never paid much attention to this subject (assuming if ever
up). Are there languages where this conflict occurs? How do they resolve
5) Is there a FAQ for this list with common abbreviations, etiquette, and
style guides on it? If so where are they located?
Thank you all,