I don't think the number per se is any problem.
Add all of them and see how many you come up with - that's all you need to
start with, after all.
The real fun comes when you start combining them all. How do they affect each
On Friday 18 October 2002 12:10 pm, Ian Maxwell wrote:
> Well. I decided to completely rework my first conlang from scratch a
> while ago, having not really gotten too far with it in the first place.
> My new goal, in a nutshell, was "make Latin look isolating by
> comparison". And, well, if I did make it, it would do that. To a
> completely ridiculous degree.
> The basic idea was an extremely fusional language with an enormous
> number of single-morpheme prefixes for inflection. To that end, I
> gradually put together a list of everything the verbs would inflect for.
> 7 tenses: present, past, future, past-in-past, future-in-past,
> past-in-future, future-in-future
> 3 active vs. normal passive vs. adversative passive
> 2 polarities (positive vs. negative)
> 5 moods: indicative, deontic, interrogative, hypothetical, subjunctive
> 42 subject/object number combinations
> 20 subject/object person combinations
> 2 perfective vs. imperfective
> 3 retrospective vs. prospective vs. neither
> 2 habituality
> 3 inceptive vs. cessative vs. neither
> 3 iterativity (at-regular-intervals, at-irregular-intervals, neither)
> 4 genders (A'liathian/worldly and animate/inanimate)
> Now, multiply all those numbers and see what you get.
> 152,409,600 prefixes.
> I think I may have bitten off a tad more than I can chew here. I also
> think I'll be working on another, less frightening language for a while.
> One that doesn't have more affixes than words, say.
> - Ian Maxwell
Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?"
You ask, "What is the most important thing?"
Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata."
I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."