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|Date:||Tuesday, May 4, 1999, 17:02|
I would appreciate collecting yall's experience about the following nagging
The instinctive structure of my conlang makes words and sentences very long
although there are very few information crammed in them (not even gender,
number, tense, aspect, deictic, etc). When I was younger I didn't care very
much about that because it just flowed from my pen and mouth so fluently. But
one day I realized it was much longer than the longest natlang I knew
(Tahitian, derided for that among Langues O students) so I tried to
"compress" it. I tried making one-syllable words, cases, verbs, etc. To no
avail. When I "speak" it, the original structure naturally comes back and I
really can't get rid of it. I have been in a stalemate for years. So a few
months ago I finally accepted to "unzip" the original structure of my
conlang. To such an extent that that language which I called "Tunu" ("the
Language") now is "Tunu-isi-Pukipuki" : "the Very Long Language" (Tunu
sounds a bit like Samoan because it has only 7 consonants and 5 vowels) :-(
I would really like to know whether there are natlangs and conlangs whose
minimal structures are even "longer" than mine (putting aside all optional
weaponry some of us specialize in ;-), and how you feel handling these
languages. Is a "long language" a "retarded language" ? For instance, if I
definitely freed that language from my hitherto "compressing inhibition",
then very simple sentences would be that long :
Tunu okokana otiTunu.
I speak Tunu.
Keta osiwa koti omikana omekamu.
I don't love you.
Taka isipini ekonana wenitoma ?
Who is singing ?
Numi onukana otiwa kamu esirerama weripani utewa rate otukamu.
I think you're a jerk when you laugh.
(I precisely love English for its concision. So I feel depressed when I
realize I need 4 times more syllables to express the same idea with twice as