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Re: A New Language

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Monday, February 2, 2004, 21:59
On Mon, Feb 02, 2004 at 07:50:41PM +0000, Joe wrote:
> So, after a conlanging hiatus, I begin a new Conlang. A small > comprehensive summary:
> Voice is inflected on the noun There are four 'vocal' cases. > Transitive Actor, Transitive Patient, Intransitive Patient, and > Intransitive Actor. There is a fifth case, which, unqualified, is a > verbal locative(describing where something is done).
Voice inflected on a noun? Wow. [...]
> However, sometimes the actor is the grammatical object. For instance, > in the sentence "The small dog is being cooked by the man". In this > case, more cases are neccesary. These cases are different, according > to tense. > > na- Ergative > pa- Absolutive > (In present) > i(?)- Nominative > l=/l- Accusative > (In past) > > pedl\z paqOtan na?o?a > cook ABS-man-TRN.ACT > The small dog is being cooked by the man
Just out of curiosity: how does the language handle indirect objects (or their equivalents thereof)? [snip]
> Adjectives agree with the nouns. Though 'agree' is a stretched term. > For instance - 'pin', good, turns to 'pon' next to masculine nouns, > 'piñi" next to feminine, remains 'pin' next to undefined, 'pongo' next > to neuter. On the other hand, 'kan', good, turns to "qOng" next to > masculine nouns, "n`i" next to feminine, the same next to undefined, > and "qOngo" next to neuter.
Well, agreement need not be in the surface morphology. For example, in (Attic) Greek _hodos_ (road) is inflected like a masculine noun, but agrees with the feminine article: _he: hodos_ rather than _ho hodos_.
> Orthography: > > The true orthography, is, of course, insane.
[snip] As with all conlangs invented after Maggel. :-P T -- Which is worse: ignorance or apathy? Who knows? Who cares? -- Erich Schubert


Joe <joe@...>