The Dailies. January 19, 2020
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
2 thoughts on “The Dailies. January 19, 2020”
So I was a flat failure at Lexember, which is new for me, but I’ve decided I’d like to actually see if I can bring Akachenti to a usable/finished ish state in 2020, even without building a proto-language because guys, I just want to write fiction, so I’m gonna try to stop worrying about perfection. (More like, unfinished things are starting to feel heavy.) Part of this is working on it every week, which I actually started to do in January, but am only now getting to posting about (because health).
That said, I’ve started rereading my notes and realized something I should have all along. The unmarked stem is indicative and the marked stem I started with is inchoative. Simple as that.
So if you say abaga:, you’re saying, “I love,” with an indication that this is true in the past and the present. Aka, it’s true, factual, already happened. If you say, abaga:sha, you’re saying, “I love now,” or basically it’s true in the present but not the past.
I’ve looked at all kinds of aspects and tenses to explain why the unmarked is past/present without thinking about basic aspect. It’s indicative. It doesn’t really have tense at all. It can be used for past or present, even if you’re referring to something you did and completed before now, so long as you haven’t undone it since. They have a past discontinuous for that, which is actually just a specific negative or discontinuous prefix, e.g. vibaga:, or “I no longer love”. I’m guessing this originated from some word meaning “to stop or cease.”
So I wrote down some vocabulary each day, but want to compare to existing lexicon before I finalize meanings, but did get a couple that are done:
Gonna try and do a better job at posting this stuff going forward.
That’s super cool! It makes great sense!
It can be used for past or present, even if you’re referring to something you did and completed before now, so long as you haven’t undone it since.
EDITED TO ADD: Do you have any extracts of your fiction with this world available for reading anywhere?