Better or Worse (was: Re: Lighting Some Flames: Towards conlang artistry )
|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 13, 2002, 19:57|
On Wed, 13 Mar 2002 11:01:35 -0500 Paul Edson <conlang@...>
> Ob CONLANG:
> Anyone have a language which cannot make such value
> judgments? No "better" or "worse"?
> Paul Edson (email@example.com)-
Well, in Rokbeigalmki you can't be that vague.
There are two pairs of "good" and "bad".
One pair, THIYA (good) and BALG (bad), refer to metaphysical standards of
Good and Evil.
The other pair, TUB (good) and GEK (bad), refer to practical
beneficiality and its opposite.
So for instance, if someone is a member of a hypothetical religion that
doesn't drink energy drinks like gatorade, if they were playing
basketball, and got thirst, and drank gatorade instead of water, the
drinking of the gatorade would be SUDBALG ('sud' is the adjective prefix)
because it's forbidden by their religion, but it would also be SUDTUB
because it prevents them from dehydrating. If they were to drink water,
on the other hand, that would be SUDTHIYA and SUDTUB.