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_Tr:'pang_, a sample (was Re: Rating Languages)

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Thursday, September 27, 2001, 0:12
In a message dated 25.09.2001 06:57:08 AM, yl112@CORNELL.EDU writes:

>Obconlang: Anyone have, er, Silly Songs--nonsense, humor, >child-oriented--for their conlangs? I don't even have songs, period, but >it'd be fun to hear what others have... >
ok, this is what I have so far in Trepang... still needs some major work on the syntax & lexicon... :::chants to self: "progress not perfection, progress not perfection, progress not perfection..."::: TR:'PANG > kree'ol (akr:'lekt) b:'long Boo'dd:'Daam'm:'kr:ssee b:'long Asoka'nee'zh: <<Trepang - [the] creole (acrolect) of BuddhaDhammacracy of Asokanesia>> Bray'dee'pod no sod ee an'teek bum. Nomo'dan drag'ass ... fah'sin awr'da-good ... wi'lee see'mee'la dz: b:'long pai'san-s:r'viva ee din'kum to'da-sum. _NoTE_: the orthography is Roman alphabet (of course). _Ree'fawrm ee Spel'lin b:'long 2002 b:'long Tr:'pang_ was based - somewhat - on the re-spelling system used in the 1999 edition of the _Encarta World English Dictionary_. INTERLINEARS: <<Bradypod(s) no sod(s) AP antique bum. No-more-than drag-ass, ... fashion order-good, ... wiley similar MKR belong person(s)-survive AP dinkum sum-total.>> <<Sloth(s) no awkward-thing(s) AP old lazy. No-more-than slow, ... methodical, ... sly similar MKR to person(s)-survive AP true all.>> AP- Adj. Particle, Tr:pang uses an invariant predicative adjective particle when more than two adjectives &/or a clause follow :) MKR - Marker Particle used in comparative phrases ROUGH INT'L. STANDARD ENGLISH TRANSLATION (English has nouns that are singular or plural, Tr:pang doesn't unless "marked" by modifiers): The sloth is not a lazy old sod. Similar to all true survivors, just slow, methodical and sly. CONCULTURAL NOTE: Use of such [Greco-]Latinate lexical items such as "Bradypod," "antique," "similar" et cetera are due to looong history of exposure to Portugese explorers & traders, French Indo-Chinese anti-pirate forces, Italian Franciscans & Spanish Jesuits, educated British/Cantonese from Hong Kong (for the past 300-so years), South Pacific islanders who spoke (& wrote) varying forms of Pidgin English, British-/American-educated Japanese spies & military occupiers, American soldiers & expats (& their slang [since the Boxer Rebellion]) and, of course, English-speaking anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, linguists, & other similar blinkin' riff-raff as well as a large group of English-speaking Theravada Buddhist monks responsible for both education and government. (Before Independence, Asokanesia was Thai-ruled by UN-mandate for 3 decades, &, before that, highly influential - to varying degrees - in these South China Sea islands that are "a true South East Asian/South Pacific 'melting pot.' ")