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From:David Peterson <thatbluecat@...>
Date:Monday, September 13, 2004, 8:23
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Rodlox wrote:

<<on thinking it over, I suspect that "clay" would be the subject...yes?>>   Direct object.   The thing affected by the verb.   If the clay
the subject, it'd be the one baking *something else*.   The only way it could
be a subject would be if there were a kind of middle voice thing going on,
e.g., "That clay is baking in the sun."

Anyway, on reading through your replies, I think that you're a long, long
way off from understanding my reply, or even being able to adequately
describe what it is your language is doing.   Here's what I recommend:

(1) Keep working on your languages (and keep records!);

(2) Read through the list; try to learn stuff;

(3) Find an elementary linguistics textbook and study it.

Eventually you'll be able to understand the various things we've been talking
about.   But do keep records of what you're doing now, 'cause I'm afraid once
you do learn about basic linguistics it might eliminate the really bizarre
you're doing now.

Anyway, commenting on something you wrote...

<<well, if I make 'ea into simply "sun" (since it's already following "[to]
what happens when "sun" follows "cold"?>>

You have "to bake" as a verbal prefix, and then /-'ea/ as a modifier.
Rather than
thinking of it as simply "sun", you might think of it as a marker of source.
 So rather
than source being just the sun, say, it could be the weather in general.
So, when /-'ea/
followed "cold", it could mean "to freeze in cold weather".   That's the idea
I had.

Anyway, if you really wanted to define all these suffixes as *things*,
though, it might not
even be useful to have them be suffixes.   Might as well make each one a
separate word,
and rather than trying to string them together into larger words, you can
just keep them
separate, like Chinese.   It'd certainly make processing everything easier.

"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison