The Dailies. August 12
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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Had my Sunday stream today and worked on Orklang. I tentatively coined my first word! At least I think I did, we’ll see.
oztu – track
I also think I determined that the base form for a verb is CVCVC.
One thing I’ve been wrestling with though is verb serialization. The first sentence-word I wanna make has two verbs in it, and I’d like for the first to be in the habitual aspect (because it’s the name of a group, and the groups get named after what they are known for doing) and the second to be an imperative… but Wiki tells me in verb serialization both verbs are usually in the same form, or else the second is unmarked. So I’m not sure if hab-imp makes sense. I found a book about the typology of verb serialization at the uni library tho so I’m gonna skim that a bit and see if that helps.
So here’s the beauty of going with true polysynthesis: verbs become the basis of the language. Analytic languages are kind of built around nouns but polysynthetic languages are built around verbs and verbal agreement, which means that almost everything is a verb at its heart. I’d read up on Athabaskan and maybe Iriquoian languages a bit for an example of how even pronouns can be kind of verbal. Which boils down to: if your verbs are separate units rather than conglomerated, then they’d each probably hold their own aspects, etc. as they’re each a distinct clause. A true verb serial is a pair of verbs that forms one clause, which is why only one verb gets the marking.
Hm… I suppose. That’s a shame. Means I can’t make one word-sentence out of the content I wanted, it’ll have to be two words instead. Booh!