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Re: A New Language

From:andrew <hobbit@...>
Date:Monday, August 19, 2002, 7:53
On 08/18 12:44  Mau Rauszer wrote:
> From: andrew <hobbit@...> > Subject: Re: A New language > To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU > > > On 08/17 15:52 Mau Rauszer wrote: > In a fantasy world or just like our earth? >
A fantasy world.
> Are they living in patriarchism? >
That's a hard question to answer. Their society is traditional, but some aspects are unorthodox. They allow for women-run households as well as men-run ones. Also the naming rights of a first-born is not gender-specific. If a man marries a first-born woman in a familyline he may choose to take her surname for the prestige.
> So you form plural pronouns by stem-duplicating. >
At the surface level yes, but I can remember devising these pronouns, it's actually infixing. That is why there is no plural of |to|.
> > > Five of these pronouns have reduced forms: > > > > me, m 1s meme, mme 1p > > te, t 2s tete, tte 2p > > to, tte 3s ga 3p > > > > The meaning of the reduced form tte is generally clear by context. > But they are probably suffixes, ain't they? (It's hard to pronounce a sole m or > t, at least, for me :)
You are correct. They are suffixes.
> I mean I'm talking about LW even when I don't want. Like the evolution of LW > is a bit OT for this subject discussing your 2.0 :) >
Yes, that is how conlangers exchange ideas and examples. It's not a sin to do it.
> > > But aren't the triagraph |ksh| too long for a frequent sound? > > > > > Only when transliterated into latin letters. :) Although the original > Yeah, I was talking about transliteration not their script :) >
I'm comfortable with a trigraph for this sound. It's clear to me what it means. Also I don't know how common in the language it is. Although it could quite well be that the speakers spell it with a single letter.
> > script hasn't been developed yet. I have some ideas. > Is it totally dfifferent from anything we know or does it show similarities > with a system of our own world?
I will probably have to go look at different writing systems and decide first. I imagine it as a tight cursive script from left to right. Some parts of the language have their own special letters or shorthand. - andrew. -- Andrew Smith, Intheologus alias Mungo Foxburr of Loamsdown The tribe need a father who is afraid only of ceasing to love them well. - James K. Baxter