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Re: Split verbs and other odd parts of speech

From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Monday, January 12, 2004, 4:14
--- Tristan McLeay <zsau@...> wrote:
> On Sun, 11 Jan 2004, Gary Shannon wrote:
> Objective C, a message (method, function) is > something like > setWidth:Height: and to set the size of a rectangled > named rect, you use: > [rect setWidth: 20 Height: 20] > which appears to be rather similar to yours. I > imagine your sentence would > convert to: > [book moveFrom: john To: mary]
Very interesting. I was thinking of building my verbs up syntehtically from roots and affixes, but not doing so with the nouns. There would be a few root verbs like "relinquish" (e.g. leo) and each would have it's opposite like "not relinquish, retain, or hold on to" (e.g. naleo") Then I could have a prefix that governed whether the act was voluntary or involuntary (eg. vo- or invo-, just as a lame example) so voleo would be to reliquish voluntarily, as in "to give" and involeo would be to relinquish involuntarily, as to have something taken away. Then if the prefix was not present the action is either neutral or at least nothing is said about how the actor feels about it. Suppose sebo is to receive, and nasebo is to refuse to receive. Adding balo, to cause, gio to move, and ribu for book then: "John takes away Mary's book and gives it to Tom, who refuses to accept it" would be "John vobalo ribu gio Mary involeo Tom nesebo." [John vokeso] [ribu gio] [Mary invobalo] [Tom nesebo] or: Robin Hood balo mau takalu involeo mai rakufi vosebo. (Rbin Hood cause the(masc. plural) rich involuntarily reliquish and the(fem. plural) poor volutarily receive. Note I was going to leave the nouns unchanged and inflect the article (required) to indicate singular or plural.
> it could be (with > a different syntax and the verb melo:Alna:Qualna): > melo: puku Alna: djonu Qualna: marju > whereas 'Mary takes the book from John' could have > the verb kimno:Arta:Skinta:: > kimno: puku Skinta: marju Arta: djonu > Or we could add tenses/moods etc for more fun (and > use consant roots like > mtl:ln:kwln), and for 'John gives Mary the book' > have: > metlo: puku Lena: djonu Kølna: marju > kemno: puku Sencta: marju Reta: djonu
I was going to use adverb-like entities to modify tense and mood of the verb like "pastly run" for "ran", or something like that. Hmmm. Lots of possibilities here. --gary


Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>Notes on Lepayu Grammar (was split verbs)