The Dailies. May 13
Did you work on your language today? Create any new rules of grammar or syntax? New progress on a script? New words in your lexicon?
On the other hand, do any excavating or reading or enjoying stuff you’ve already created? Do you have any favorites to share?
How did you conlang today?0
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I’ve now combined that newly productive a-prefix with a sort-of inchoative sense (mentioned in the post of May 8) with the regular copula to make a word meaning ‘to become’. But I also decided that this verb isn’t used with adjectives too much, where the more common inchoative affix, the suffix -em, would step in instead. The -em suffix would take care of temporary states, like “I got mad”, while the a + copula verb is used for more permanent states, like “I became a doctor”.
For phonological reasons an /n/ is inserted between the prefix and the stem.
le’u to be, lane’u to become
esá I was, anesá I became
esé you were, anesé you became
eó he/she/it was, aneó he/she/it became
uvas we were, anuvas we became
uvek you [pl.] were, anuvek you [pl.] became
uvár they were, anuvár they became
esai I am, anesai I become
esei you are, anesei you become
eoi he/she/it is, aneoi he/she/it becomes
uvach [ʃ] we are, anuvach we become
uvekh [kʰ] you [pl.] are, anuvekh you [pl.] become
uvarí they are, anuvarí they become
Perfect participle: re’neu
Non-subject nouns still stay in the nominative state since it’s a verb for predicative statements.
Dorai lane’u ekeinon. I want to become a doctor.
Mazemár na-sima. The children calmed down.
Maratamedem ni! Don’t get mad!
Ratamemeké gin tata dogezá ko lumat atevai. You will get mad if I say what I’m thinking of.
Aneó pi harakim khesot. It became/grew into a large town.
Hasár na-nahul lane’u nekeinon. The Nahul can become doctors.
Mien hasezó jominai lane’u nova ethér? Could my sister become a good musician?
(-ez is the general-purpose irreal suffix.)