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Re: New Conlang-- Looking for Suggestions!

From:Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 20, 2004, 7:27
--- Doug Dee <AmateurLinguist@...> wrote:
> > > > Either your plain-text rendition of IPA is different > from the one commonly > used on this list, or else your pronunciations of > "rock", "mall", and "bad" are > surprising to me. >
I had a look and had no problem understanding what you meant when explaining the pronunciation of the letters (I didn't consider IPA because I don't know it well). True, I already had a fairly good idea about the Swedish (and Norwegian) pronunciation (and French too, of course, when it comes about "j"). I would propose that you add some precision when you write "g: like in English". I suppose you mean like in English "goose" and not like in "Georgia" ? I would of course, like always, suggest that you separate the concepts from the realization. I would explain the concepts in a first part, than in a secund one, show how they are morphologically realized. There are certainly many features that could be discussed, and also sometimes the grammatical or semantic terms you use. For ex, what you mean by "continuous" would be to me "cyclical", which is quite different. "Verb used as an adjective" seems to be "past participle" in English (? or are they other possibilities ?). When you say "one who does something (English -er)", do you mean on one particular occasion or usually, one whose function or job is to - ?) Etc. (Also: can you combine aspects in one word, since among your 'aspects' there are very different concepts ? And how would you do it ? It seems to me that the features you defined were the ones that raised up when you tried to translate the story of the North Wind and the Sun, but it could be dangerous to define a whole language upon such a short text). Well, anyway, the result looks rather Scandinavian, but some very strange and unusual Scandinavian. I wonder how the people speaking that language would look like ? (especially the young girls). ===== Philippe Caquant "High thoughts must have high language." (Aristophanes, Frogs) __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail - 50x more storage than other providers!