Monday, October 22, 2001

Just a few comments. I attempted to make a malt§έgj version of my website, which generated a few new words:

clyc click (as in “click here”)
mlacþ ready, finished
dwεg new
blími word

I also updated the website on malt§έgj verbs, which may be useful to include here. Most of this has already been stated, but it can’t hurt to clarify:

[Editor's Note: I'm really not going to bother to try to recreate the website's style sheets and special effects here on my blog. I was just excited at the time to have learned how to do it. I'm fairly over it now.]

ul iþ T§έcmað Malt§έgj u Scrav u ac Blími

The title of this page is actually somewhat inaccurate, as verbs are not conjugated in the malt§έgj language, but a brief explanation of verbs is in order in any case.

There are no special endings to indicate person, tense, or number in malt§έgj, however there are certain particles as in asian languages which denote tense. Number and person are indicated by the pronoun (which is not optional as it is in some languages where person and number are indicated by a suffix).

nagfuture(equivalent to “will do” or “shall do”)Nag bliv jơg paj έloì.I will think about it.
dydpast(roughly equivalent to “did” or “did do”)Dyd bliv jơg paj έloì.I thought/did think about it.
cwarþperfect(equivalent to “have done”)Cwarþ bliv jơg paj έloì.I have thought about it.
blaiprogressive(equivalent to “to be doing”)Blai bliv jơg paj έloì.I am thinking about it.
subjunctive(roughly equivalent to “should do” or “would do”)Ec paj lơt§έg clεg lơ bliv jơg paj έloì.It is important that i think about it.
racpassive(changes a verb to the passive voice)Rac blai bliv paj έloì.It is being thought about.
§lþinterrogative(changes the sentence into a question)§lþ nag bliv mέlεm paj έloì.Will you think about it?
acplural(makes a noun plural - this does not affect verbs)Blai bliv jơg ac clag έloì.I’m thinking about books.
These particles can be used alone or in combination to create a wide variety of tenses. The most common combinations are shown here:

nag + cwarþ =future perfect("will have done")Nag cwarþ bliv jơg paj έloì.I will have thought about it.
nag + blai =future progressive(“will be doing”)Nag blai bliv jơg paj έloì.I will be thinking about it.
nag + lơ =future subjunctive(“would do”)Glơca jơg cleg nag lơ bliv pul paj έloì.I hope that he will think about it.
dyd + nag =conditional(“would do”)Dyd nag bliv jơg paj έloì.I would think about it.
dyd + cwarþ =pluperfect(“had done”)Dyd cwarþ bliv jơg paj έloì.I had thought about it.
dyd + blai =imperfect(“was doing”)Dyd blai bliv jơg paj έloì.I was thinking about it.
dyd + lơ =past subjunctive(“were doing”)Glơca jơg cleg dyd lơ bliv pul paj έloì.I hope that he thought about it.
dyd + nag + cwarþ =conditional perfect(“would have done”)Dyd nag cwarþ bliv jơg paj έloì.I would have thought about it.

When particles are used in combination, there is a set order to them, most of which is common sense. You may use the table below to remember the order.

dyd - nag - cwarþ - blai - rac - lơ - §lþ

Wow, it’s nice to know that I can do that with my web pages in case I need to PDFify them. Anyway, the malt§έgj version of the webpage itself was a brutal disaster, so I’ll spare you that one. Why is this thing suddenly back on auto-correct? Grrr… Remind me to start beating my lab monitors.

Oh, i’m not sure if i ever put the word lơt§εg in the lexicon. It means “important.”

Okay, we’re almost twice the length we should be here, so it’s time to wrap up chapter three of the malt§έgj project. Bjólεt nad mέlεm a!

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