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On Sat, Aug 11, 2001 at 10:40:27PM -0700, Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> Different world, different "universals"?  :-)  I don't feel comfortable
> enough with ergativity to try it yet...OTOH I wonder if I'd be more
> comfortable with it if I messed around it in an experimentlang.

That's what worked for me.  my first languages for this world were accusative,
but I decided to take a stab at an ergative language.  I decided that I liked
it so i played with a couple more... i never actually got too far with these
languages, but at least working out the basic bits of verbs, syntax etc, I
got the knack of ergative syntax pretty down.  I've noticed with conlanging
i tend to be a bit too capricious for my own good. :)

> Hmph--"disgusting" my foot!  I think it's wonderful that you have so much
> "data" to use in your conlanging.  It's a great contrast between the world
> Czevraqis is devised for, which is quite detailed about one nation, rather
> detailed about another, and horrendously vague on the rest of the
> continent, let alone the world.  Kudos to you for all your hard work--and
> surely the rest will come in time?

Hopefully! (: