Re: S9: sketch of yet another unnamed conlang
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, September 28, 2004, 18:17|
Peter Bleackley <Peter.Bleackley@...> writes:
> Staving Henrik Theiling:
> > Ufta do vialt hat gip de ma uine lang un iuni huva. Na di fone si
> > hat stat, hat fin di de pais "`Sina"' un nali setel di. Un di meka
> > hat zat: "`Lat os meotke brin!"' Un da brin zine meotke hat is de
> > brik, un ne ta hat is ne meat.
> First few lines of the Babel text.
> Apparently Germanic, with a bit of
> French influence. I reckon its meant to be a fairly close relative of
> English, maybe an alternative history English. How close am I?
Quite good, but no alternative history: more like future fiction.
My idea is the following: take a lot of Germans, some South Africans,
Chinese, speakers of Westfalian Low German, Dutch, French, English,
Japanese, Spanish and a few others of which my cupboard happens to
contain dictionaries of, put them in an isolated place and wait for,
say, 300 years.
With this in mind, I want to reconstruct a language from examining
some texts I find in, errrm, a crashed spaceship.
(Because it is constructed, after the intuition phase, I want to apply
the found grammar and phonotactics to correct some very unlikely and
The above is a first try:
- prepositions have merged with articles, involving some non-productive
- articles are mandatory and carry case and number information
- two cases are left:
- core (from German nominative and accusative) and
- oblique (from German dative)
- relative clauses like Chinese ('de'-equivalent derives from 'sein'/'zijn')
- word order mainly like German, but a bit different
- some features of Afrikaans, but starting with German, not Dutch:
- verb forms from 3p. sg. ind. pres.
- suffixed 'nie' in negative sentences
- vowels /aeiou/, no length, but maybe /y/ and /2/ as well
- simplified phonotactics (but not decided yet)
- many loans, finally probably many more than in the ad-hoc text above
- maybe: pro-drop
- maybe: optional tense instead of mandatory