En réponse à "E. Notagain" <[log in to unmask]>: > Are there any natlangs that have a verb and noun combined into one > word? In what sense? > I'm not talking about the agglutinative languages (which absolutely > terrify > me). What's terrifying about them? They are not that different from isolating languages which you would write without spaces ;))) . Synthetic languages, now that's scary :))) . My brain isn't functioning (I just went on a day trip from > south-of- > Cleveland to Chicago), so I can't remember the word I wanted to use, but > an > example is: I'd like my newest language to have words that function as > both > verbs and nouns at the same time. Two words: infinitives and gerunds. Or is what you mean different? Hey, Meisteik has a particle that > fills > in when the verb or noun is already known, implied, not important, > sounds > wrong; or is occasionally used as a form of "to be" (Meisteik has > absolutely no other way to express it); why not a conlang with > verb-noun > hybrid? > My Chasmäöcho has a "pro-stem" which can replace any stem, whether verbal or nominal. It's quite what you mean, except that it doesn't work as a "to be". > If this is hard to understand or just plain idiotic, sorry. As I said, > we > went to Chicago today, and I think my brain got scrambled from riding > in > the car for twelve hours. With my dad driving. *shudders* > I think you should first put back your brains together and try to explain again :)) . Words that behave at the same time like verbs and nouns look suspiciously like infinitives, but you may have something else in mind. Christophe. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr It takes a straight mind to create a twisted conlang.