Archive for November, 2014

Sentences 3 and 4

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Aɬudan aŋe kyɛgɛ edatta. Ha dɛlɨdiya evena.

The north wind is beginning the task. He sends out breaths over and over.

The subject aɬudan and the verb aŋi we’ve seen before. We add a new noun, class 4 kyɛgɛ task, trial, and a new adverb edatta. In the next sentence is another new noun, class 4 dɛle breath and a new verb evi (S A ↖↗).

First, the verb. Evi implies a moving out in multiple directions or an expansion. The form evena is inflected for iterative aspect and reported evidentiality. Iterative implies that the source ha referring to the north wind is making the subject dɛlɨdiya expand or move outwards over and over. The paradigm for evi:

imperfect [imp] perfect [prf] iterative [itr]
visual [vis] / Ø evi tavi evna
non-visual [nvs] ebi otabɛ ebena
inferred [inf] evli otavlɛ evlena
reported [rep] evo otave evena

Our two new class 4 nouns:

motile sg motile pl sessile sg sessile pl
breath dɛleya dɛlɨdiya dɛle dɛli
task kyɛgeya kyɛgɨdiya kyɛgɛ kyɛgi

Like giya from the previous sentence, edatta and its counterpart mɛddatta modify the verb. Edatta indicates that the action in the sentence is beginning, and mɛddatta that it is ending.




Friday, November 28th, 2014

You know how Japanese uses one writing system primarily for content words and a different one primarily for grammatical particles?

Why not make a writing system for each part of speech!


Friday, November 28th, 2014

A language where instead of 3rd person pronouns, the speaker refers to the i-th most recently mentioned concept by de Bruijn index.


Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Make wikipedia articles about how your conlang increases the intelligence of kids who learn it, and how it is beneficial both for the whole gamut of mankind - scientists, homemakers, and special needs people.


Thursday, November 27th, 2014

A language that implements if and switch structures, for and while loops, and tail recursion.

cranberry is aharalo

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
aharalo = cranberry (noun) (some things Google found for "aharalo": a rare term; bad OCR of old newspaper texts; appears on several gobbledygook webpages; similar ahora lo means now it in Spanish)

Word derivation for "cranberry" :
Basque = ahabi garratz (literally "blueberry bitter")
Finnish = karpalo
Miresua = aharalo

This is a new word. Cranberry sauce is a traditional dish at Thanksgiving dinners.

The word cranberry doesn't occur in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking-glass.


Thursday, November 27th, 2014

have a mood for sexual fantasies.

"In my sexual fantasy, I’m wrapping my sparkling arms around you. In my sexual fantasy, you smile sheepishly. In my sexual fantasy, I rasp: "In my sexual fantasy, you’re kissing me." Then, in my sexual fantasy, you kiss me. I am aroused. In my sexual fantasy, I am also aroused."


Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Make a descendant of Rotokas where /a/ merges into /e/, the [s] allophone of /t/ is lost, /b g/ become /w j/ (written <w y>), and /k/ becomes a glottal stop (written <q>).


Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

A conlang where pronouns, adjectives, and nouns are declined for tenses. Each pronoun/adjective/noun is different depending on what tense it is in.


Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Make a descendant of Rotokas where /a/ merges into /e/, /k/ becomes a glottal stop (written <q>), and /b g/ become /w j/ (written <w y>).