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Re: Hiho

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, April 7, 2003, 10:49
En réponse à Vonlia <vonlia@...>:

> Hey, I am Vonlia. I've been lurking for awhile, but haven't posted > yet. > And here I go. I am right handed, straight, no beard, and American. > I'm also male, 14 years old, and from the deep south.
A belated welcome from the last true left-handed, gay, bearded and French conlanger! ;)) Well, last, but certainly not least ;)))) . I haven't done
> much except playing with the idea ov conlanging, which I discovered > after I learned of Tolkien's languages, then I learned a bit about > Lojban, Esperanto, and now I'm here. And I'm trying fairly hard to > keep > up with all this, but an e-mail every 10 seconds is tough. >
Hehe, you'll get used to it ;))) .
> And to make this seem like a meaningful post, I shall ask: How do you > go about learning that thing that represents sounds in // or [] or > other > various things? I've looked a bit and found some sort of thing that > seemed to represent sounds, but did it with untypables. >
I think it has already been answered earlier. As for being untypable, far from it! You just need the right fonts and key manager ;))) .
> > "Cat[part of speech][1] brown[adjective][4] eat[part of speech[5] > fish[part of speech][2]" > > All numbers go from 1-5. > > So, cat would be the first part of speech (which probably isn't the > right term...),
Indeed, especially, if you don't include adjectives among them :)) . What you're looking for is "function" (although including prepositions among them is pretty strange. I'd rather see the prepositions behaving like your adjectives here. After all, they complete a noun too). the 5 ones being subject, direct object, indirect
> object, preposition, and verb. > > Brown is an adjective (modifying what's behind it), the 4 meaning it > gets 4 stars out of 5 on its brownness. On a brownness scale of 1-5, > it > gets a 4. >
So your adjectives actually mark a scale rather than a point in the scale, and you have to precise which point you mean. Neat! With such a system, you could for instance have a "size" adjective, with [1] meaning "small" and [5] "big", or a "vertical height" adjective with [1] meaning "deep" and [5] "high" :))) .
> > That's about as far as I got, and I even manage to have prepositions, > but no way to have an object of a preposition. I'm good. >
> Also, is there perhapse an IRC channel where conlanging goes on? >
There used to be a #conlang channel, but it died a quiet death ;))) . I went on a few times, but it was nearly always empty. Anyway, busy as we all are already, I doubt such a channel would be successful. And you have to remember that we are all spread all over the world, which would make it difficult to ever get enough people for a chat at the same time, with the jetlags and such. It seems that for such a community the principle of the mailing list is still the best around :)) . Christophe. It takes a straight mind to create a twisted conlang.