On Tue, 13 Aug 2002 05:17, Santiago wrote: > ----- Original Message ----- > From: Wesley Parish <[log in to unmask]> > To: <[log in to unmask]> > Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2002 7:46 AM > Subject: Re: fictional worlds > > > The languages I am irresponsible for are the direct outcome of my > > fiddling with the keyboard with the aim of trying to write something > > readable, > > being > > > inspired by Tolkien, Leiber, Ballard, Peake, Dick, Ellison, Le Guin and > > others. (Rather unworthily - Praleyo's a saint, and Vheratsho's a bitch, > > while Akhriech's a total can-do woman with an eye out for making sure > > everything is _just so_.) It can be a powerful reason to actually get > > and > > do > > > it, making a language to fit into and be consistent with a culture you > > have > > > built up to write stories about. > > > > So, go for it. If you still want to write after reading my tirade, that > > is! > > > ;^) > > > > Wesley Parish > > Would you explain to me those statements, please? > Where are the pronouns are where the verbs? Te Reo Maori - The Maori Language > > Mau e ki > You ask Mau - second person singular, possessive pronoun, when used with verbs in the first position in the sentence, has a general feeling of "You will", "You may", or generalizing "You are"; ki (long vowel) - "to speak, say", with "e" (short vowel) preposed it is present tense/current aspect. > Maku e ki > I reply Maku - first person singular, possessive pronoun, - as above; ki, e - as above. Polynesian languages have an interesting three-way split for possessive pronouns - Taku/toku - my, mine, from Te - the; naku/noku - my, mine, I did, have done, from me; maku/moku - my, mine, I may/will do, for me. Ka ki ahau ki a koe - I have explained it to you. Naku kete ka hoatu ahua aku taonga ki a koe, ka kai koe. From my basket I have spread my treasures, and you have eaten your fill. Wesley Parish > > Thank you for your advice :) > Santiago -- 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."