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Re: A New Language

From:andrew <hobbit@...>
Date:Sunday, August 18, 2002, 4:21
On 08/17 15:52  Mau Rauszer wrote:
> Myáni, (well), what about the speakers (I like ton be informed about the background > of a lang [if there exists something like that]). >
They are still emerging from my mind. The focal point of the language is a city. The governor of the city is called the Ninshuhentes, the Lord Protector in English. He, or she, is an elective monarch. They are a pre-industrial republic and have been so for several hundred years. The basic unit in their society is the stumase, which means household and is a broader unit than the nuclear family. Any group of people who share a life together may be called a stumase. They have an odd naming rule that a parent's surname can only be passed on to the eldest surviving child while other children use a patrinomic. Inheriting a family name is considered prestigious.
> Well, thanks for using it. It means a lot to me. :) I'm gonna put this work into > my LW folder where I collect all important stuff about it. >
You're welcome.
> > The verb ending -t is commonly found for the second and third person of > > the verb. > > > > Yahda to mulit da curish.en, sa.vo^! > > CONJ 3s be.NEG occasion INF sleep.INF CAUS.see.IMP > > But this is not the time to sleep, make like you see! > > > > There is no personal pronoun for the third person. The common > > demonstrative pronoun 'to' is used instead. > You mean they don't distinguish the second and third person? Hm. Interestingly > weird. Just a question: do this lang have gender? >
hmm, I had better run through a few paradigms to explain. Let's take the verb curishen, to sleep: me curish 'I sleep' meme curishen 'we sleep' te curisht 'you sleep' tete curisht 'you sleep' (plural) to curisht '* sleeps' ga curishen 'they sleep' * he, she, it, that, this So the present tense has three endings: -0 for 1s; -t for 2s, 2p, 3s; and -en for 1p and 3p. Also if a person said *ga corhyini curishen 'the kiddies sleep', they would be gently corrected to say ga corhyini curisht. The -t ending is also used with plural nouns. The verb to be is irregular: me mi 'I am' memen 'we are' te si 'you are tete ti 'you are' (plural) to ti '* is' gan 'they are' 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. [gender] 2.0 has natural gender. The agent ending -entes is considered to be strictly epicene. There may be feminine and neuter forms of the third person pronoun 'to', but I am resisting it.
> Is the cluster |ny| confluing into /J/ or should be pronounced strictly as > /nj/? I tried to say like that but it was tiresome for my tongue. >
/nj/ but don't sweat it. I think the speakers would understand you if you used /J/.
> > I like the cluster /kS/. > Me too. In an older stage of LW I used |sh| for /kS/ but later I found that it > don't fit into their taste. Hwe, I leave LW alone now 'cuz I'm always talking > about it.
But the whole point of this list is that it's for people who don't get bored talking about their languages!
> But aren't the triagraph |ksh| too long for a frequent sound? >
Only when transliterated into latin letters. :) Although the original script hasn't been developed yet. I have some ideas. - 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