Friday, August 31, 2001

A couple of thoughts here. Foremost being why am i sitting at home writing up linguistical ideas on my birthday instead of, like, having a life? That’s easy—because i’m a dork. Moving on, then, i had a couple of ideas about phrases and a little grammar.

Words containing prepositions, that is, nouns or pronouns to which prepositions are affixed, will no longer require the use of a verb. “The book is on the table,” can quite easily be expressed with “tέflðàp ul clag” or even “tέflðàp clag” if i do indeed decide to kill off the definite article, as i am seriously considering.

In fact, yes, let’s tangentially go there for a moment. I think it seems perfectly fair to dispose of the definite article altogether and use other demonstrative adjectives and numbers to indicate if necessary. “uli,” “ula,” and “ulot” will suffice quite nicely if an article is needed. So consider “ul” to be a thing of the past, although now that opens us up stylistically to the use of the word “ul” as a contraction of any of the aforementioned three, or for use when no specific one of those is directly indicated, which is essence, i suppose, is the definite article anyway, so for now let’s just leave it at “the definite article exists, but is not necessary in most cases.” There, that was easy.

Anyway, back to prepositions not needing a verb, i would point out that although they no longer use “εc,” their tense can still be indicated with the use of “dyd,” “cwarþ,” “blai,” “lơ,” and “nag,” or combinations thereof. So to say “the book would have been on the table” it is now possible to say “dyd nag cwarþ tέflðàp clag.”

Finally, the other thought that was intruding my cluttered mind was that of certain phrases which seem to mutate in every language they encounter. You know, that old “i am hungry, i am cold, i am tired” category of idioms. You can find everything from “i am hungry” (English), to “i have hunger” (French, German), to “hunger is with me” (Welsh), and many more. In malt§έgj, this particular idiom will be prepositional in nature, something to the effect of “hunger/cold/tiredness is upon me.”

I am hungry - lauc jớgεm
Are you tired? - §lþ mέlεmὲm tarác?

I am... {hot
heat} upon me. ⇒faurx} ...jớgεm.

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