~ The Reason Why I Don't Like IALs ~
If a well-constructed conlang is art, then Internation Auxiliary Languages are the paint-by-numbers of the conlang world. I originally performed this little experiment to explain to the people at Artificial Languages why I just can't stand Esperanto and the like. First off, they have no artistic value, secondly, they are intrinsically hypocritical - it is impossible to create something as philosophical and personal as a language without bias. Anyway, this little project of mine stands to prove how stupid, simple, and biased IALs actually are. The sad thing is, I could probably pass this off as an actual IAL endeavor *sigh*
(2:25, EST - 05.01.02)
The phonology has to be simple enough for IE- and non-IE-speakers to be able to pronounce...
A, I, O, U, J, W, L, P, T, S, K, M, N
There, that'll do nicely.
Stress is... oh hell, I'll just make it pitch stress on the penultimate to be easy.
Pronouns should each begin with a different letter. This'll aid in conjugation later.
na : nano (excl.) : nala (incl.)
la : lano
ju : jano
jo - indefinite - "one"
Okay, now a conjugational system based on pronominal stem letters
sikawa - to see
sama - to stand
sana - to be
past tense... formed with the suffix -lo
future tense... formed with the suffix -wo
aspect... isn't really important - that's what adverbs are for
Questions formed by adding ko- to the verb and, uh, let's say no change in word order - wait, gotta do that -
Word order - a lot of languages are SOV, so there we go.
Subordination is really an IE concept. I'll guess I'll handle it like Irish does - or better yet, like the Na-Dene languages -
No liti wa-na sikawatilo, sanati, no liti samati nu no wa-tala.
The man who saw me is standing in the doorway.
lit: The man oblq.-I saw, is, the man stands in the oblq.-door.
(Kind of an ominous sentence, no?)
No is "the"... a lot of languages have a definite determiner of some sort or another. (taken from Nostratic na - "yonder")
To could be "that" (Nst. da)
So is "this" (Nst. sa)
Moods... this is a toughy. I guess I'll use modals.
wana - Optative (From English "wanna," hee hee)
kana - Subjunctive
at - daß, that (Icelandic "att" ultimately from a Nostratic source - I'll dig up the etymology later)
palana - to marry
Ju wa-na wanati palana.
I wish she would marry me.
lit: She oblq.-I optative to-marry.
Prefixes it is.
Passive - san- (from "sana")
Middle - wa- (from the oblique)
I have been seen.
We are looking at ourselves.
Some more vocab... (pillaged mostly from Nostratic)
ati - father
anu - mother
ka - to go (English "go," Deutch "gehen," Mandarin Chinese "qu")
ta - to eat (Indo-European "eta-," Mandarin Chinese "che")
saka - to say
tika - one
akawa - water
ol - last, earlier
tak - correct, right
-o - (abstract)
Adjective don't decline; all adverbs ending in... -lat.
and the Language's name shall be ... Tikasako (one-language)
A little vocabulary and I'll be finished...
(2:55, EST - 05.01.02)
See what I mean?