En réponse à Roger Mills <[log in to unmask]>: > > > >How many of you invent a language based on a particular type > (Ergative, > >Accusative, Trigger, etc.)? > Ergative would be interesting, now that I've learned (from the List) > more > about how it works. A trigger conlang I suspect would simply be a copy > of > Tagalog and its cousins. What more can be done with that?? Worth a > try > maybe..... Don't you remember my Itakian? Noun classes, register tone (with lots of tone sandhi and lots of sandhi anyway ;))) ), verbs partially agreeing in class with the trigger noun which is marked only by a high tone on his first syllable, prepositions which attract the class prefix to them, word order indicating aspect (Verb-Trigger: perfective, Trigger-Verb-Mandatory Direct Object - which is excluded in the perfective aspect and whose function depends both on the verb and the function of the trigger -: imperfective) nominal sentences used for plenty of cases like subclauses and interrogative sentences, 13 different functions which can become trigger, with some animacy hierarchy built in the agreement between the trigger and the verb, etc... What did you say about trigger languages which can only be copies of Tagalog? ;)))))) Christophe. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.