The last few days have been rather busy. I am so glad that I have my girlfriend, she is quite wonderful. Really. I mean it. Your girlfriend is nothing compared to mine. Hah sorry that was rude.
In any case, she is gorgeous, great, fun, and even when she's being bitchy I love her.
By being bitchy I don't mean to be rude to her, she has been sick with nausea, vertigo, stomach and head aches and it has really upset her, made her emotional and snappy. But it is okay. I love her so much that it really doesn't matter to me. I just try to take care of her and do the best I can to make her feel better and to help her.
I had to take her to the hospital the other day, where they did a CAT-scan but found nothing wrong. That is good and bad. I am glad nothing is wrong, but it's too bad they couldn't figure out what is making her sick.
I have been doing a lot of work on a new conlang. It is a posteriori in some ways, as I am experimenting with some interesting features of little-known/endangered natural languages. However, the grammer is, on the whole, a priori: that is, of my own creation. It is a sort of experimental language. I am working on mythology, and some story lines, and this whole concept for some writings etc. and want this language to be a part of the work in some fashion.
I am not really ready to give any examples or description of the grammar for this language yet; it is not ready. Nonetheless, I will give a broad-based description of what I am experimenting with so far but know that it may change wholly or in part at any point.
Note: I am very interested in phonetics and phonemes, as well as sound change, and will likely drift away from the current phonemes for this language as I play with ideas.
Some Basic Aspects:
Currently the phonemes are very basic, but will be shifting, I am sure...
Consonents: p, b, s, sh, t, d, k, g, l, n, m, w, h, r,
Vowels: a, e, i, o, u, y
IPA transcription will come later as I play with this...
Excepting the phonemes the first, most basic, aspect of this language is that it is agglutinative with an SOV (Subject-Object-Verb) word order.
Nouns are created from root morphemes strung together, a large lexicon of which is in the making, and has much room for expansion. There are classifiers which are the last morpheme in each noun that define the noun class to which the noun belongs. This is used solely as a descriptive classifier and is does not express anything but the information about what it (the thing, i.e. Noun), inherently, is.
ocean = large + ancient + water classifier
ocean = wakwytyaksu / wakwy + tyak + su
child(Masc.)= small + male + human classifier
child(Masc.)= mahonwatso / mah + onwa + tso
These are two simple examples of this process. The morphemes, root words, which create these Nouns are often adjectives but can be other Nouns as well as basic root words. This gives, although complicated, many apparent lexical opportunities when dealing with new concepts, places, and things. For example if a person speaking this language came across a grove of birch trees which had never before been encountered by anyone within their realm of experience they could, perhaps, call it:
white + tree + grove + location classifier
narugashemlye / naru + ga + shem + lye
(in the above example naruga is the noun for "white birch" which will be aparent in the following example).
or it could be:
new/most immediate + birch (white + tree classifier) + grove + tree classifier
suwanarugashemga / suwa + naruga + shem + ga
amongst many other options. These are two examples of possible names for this birch grove, the second of which is obviously more cumbersome.
However, due to this root morpheme string-along, if you will allow me to call it such, there is the opportunity for very long words. There is a tendency to always choose the simpler option if one is available. Despite the many possibilities most nouns are already set in stone, as they say, and other possibilities are no longer options.
Also, adjectives follow the nouns which they modify (excepting in the root morphemes of Nouns in noun creation/etc.), postpositions are the norm, and auxilery verbs follow the action verbs.
As I type this out, as it has mostly been in scratchings on paper and in my head, I am starting to see some issues which need fixing, especially in the root morpheme based noun-creation.
Modifications to this process are likely necessary.
- The last few days...