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* James O'Connell <[log in to unmask]> [001022 01:03]:
> I said:
> > * James O'Connell <[log in to unmask]> [001020 22:07]:
> > > Anyway, to make it readable I have quickly html-ised
> > > the language texts and it is now reachable at
> > > http://website.lineone.net/~istari/ling.htm - it's still
> > > not perfect but it is ok. Any comments appreciated.  Look
> > > forward to talking again to you all later.
> >
> > Ah yes, syntax reminds me of my first lang of any usable size,
> > Panowa; are you by any chance taking German lessons?
>
> As it happens, I am learning German. Any reason why you
> suspected this?

The verb-paradigm looks like one of the ones I came up with for
Panowa, perfect, plusquamperfect etc. I really think one of the
best things to spicy up a conlang is to learn a natlang. Prior
to learning English for example, my conlang-sketches were just
simplified versions of Norwegian, my mother tongue (or "L1" as it
is called in linguist-circles, English being my "L2").

A good thing about German is that it is so systematic (at least
the bits I've seen of it), having a good memory for patterns I
can still struggle my way through a newspaper. (If you've been
memorizing the strong (aka. irregular) verbs and your teacher
claims there's no system to 'em, don't believe him/her, copy the
list and sort the words by their vowels and you'll see what I
mean. Amazing patterns.)


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