* 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.) t.