Josh wrote: > Alo, Mate! (That's Matt in Kartesian) > > Yes, you were very warm...in fact almost perfect. _Tidi_ is the > accusative case of the noun _tide_ (pronounced TEE-deh... I thought I'd > throw in a pronunciation tidbit, since this word is commonly mispronounced > when people see it...) Currently Kartesian nouns have three cases and > two moods, resulting in six forms: > > nominative _TIDE_ nom. poss. _TIDEE_ > accusative _TIDI_ acc. poss. _TIDII_ > dative _TIDIIE_ dat. poss. _TIDJEE_ (irregular) > > The same holds true for the noun _mote_ so I will not inflect it here. What are "moods", in this usage? What does "poss." stand for? Can you give examples of simple (glossed) sentences containing these forms? > _ot_ is EXACTLY the present tense copular element "is". The verb "to be" > is _ce_ and has two "classes" of conjugation, which I affectionately like > to call "class 1" and "class 2" (yeah, the names need work). _ot_ is from > class two which has only two forms, one for singular subjects and one for > plural subjects (_ose_). What are these classes, and what are the forms of each? What determines which class you use? > So yes, you were quite right with your gramatical analysis, Matt. If you > or anyone has more questions, don't hesitate to ask! Don't wait for us to ask questions--give us a basic sketch of the language! Some things to tell us about: -- Basic word order -- Word classes (how many, and what are they?) -- Noun inflection, uses of the case forms, singular/plural, etc. -- Verb inflection, tense and agreement -- Are there prepositions? Postpositions? Neither? It would be nice to see some simple example sentences as well, with word-by-word glosses and translations, so that we can get a feel for the language. Niokteh telanko! (Thanks!) Matt.