Re: Change and Sense Markers in rtemmu (was Re: Re: conlang greetings page)
|From:||Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, December 5, 2001, 20:07|
I just noticed that a while ago I wrote the following:
> (Note: the following conjunctions can also join words and phrases
> as well as infixes. In that event, they are written as separate
This is slightly misleading. Actually, the situation is more like:
The compounding conjunction "o`g" is usually written between the
words it joins, without spaces between them. In this case,
the second process-word is expected to share
the exact rate-of-change as the preceding word (and thus the marker
can be dropped).
The other conjunctions are usually prefixed with
an Imperative prefix, such as "au-" and written as separate words.
In this usage, rather than simply being stated, the connection
between the preceding word and the following word is
more forcefully asserted. For example:
shikalo`g kayaigu = river-beauty
(shikalo = river process
kagu = process of being good
-yai- = visual infix)
kehs shikalo auag kayaigu = (objective) river _is_ (objectively)
(kehs = objectively changing at a normal rate;
the "kehs" of kayaigu can be dropped, since it is the same
as the "kehs" of shikalo.)
But one could also say something like:
kehs shikalo auag no kayaigu
(no = subjective slow change)
Also "river _is_ beautiful", but more exactly:
observe the (objective) river and add to that observation
a slowly forming (subjective) appreciation of its beauty.
Since the rate markers differ in speed (and in objectivity/subjectivity),
the conjunction has to be preceded by an Imperative prefix
and written separately.
To summarize: if the rate-of-change/ob-sub-jectivity of both
process-words are the same,
the conjunction may be asserted or simply stated.
In the event that there is a difference, the conjunction must be asserted.
(But, conjunctions can be dropped altogether, even if there are
differences between the process-words; and then, the second word simply
modifies the first word:
kehs shikal no kayaigu = (slowly appreciated) beautiful (objective)
no kayaigu kehs shikal = (objective) riverly (slow appriciation of)
I'd better stop before I try to go chasing rtemmu grammar all the way down
the old rabbit hole into Wonderland!
My brain's all burned out as it is!
(rtemmu will do that to you! ;-) )
likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a.
A word is an awesome thing.