CHAT: query: where to start?
|From:||Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, August 9, 2000, 17:26|
I've been semi-lurking since I got on this list. I suppose you might
call me a beginning conlanger; I printed out something like 150 pages of
conlang material from the web for personal reference this summer!
Anyway--I've been working on an ancestor language for a language in a
story (how's that for too many prepositional phrases?). I read an
article on Arabic morphological structure, and thought, What a neat
idea! So I've been using three-consonant morphemes, with affixes to form
root verbs, adjectives, etc.
However, I *don't* know any Arabic except "salaam." :-/ My question
was, should I hold off on this until I can learn some Arabic in the
nebulous future, and stick to the languages I know something about?
(Hindbrain Korean, some idea of Japanese grammatical structure but not
fluent in any sense, beginning German, a couple weeks' worth of Latin,
and some French. Too many Indo-European, darnit.) Or should I just try
to learn as much as I can about how Arabic works? (I borrowed a couple
features from other languages.)
Sorry if this is a dumb question. :-/
Yoon Ha Lee