Quoting Peter Bleackley <[log in to unmask]>: > At 16:08 22/10/2003 -0400, you wrote: > >Hey everyone, > > > >I'm inviting you all to The Head-Last Project. I am interested in > >gathering people from many different backgrounds to contribute. Here is > >the Yahoo! Group description: > > > >The purpose of this group is to develop an interesting language that > >consistently applies head-last (or left-branching) grammar and syntax. This > >project will be open-source, although consensus will generally determine > >the path(s) of development (however, there will probably be no > >voting/polls). Membership is open to anyone who wishes to join - the more, > >the merrier! > > I take it you've thrown up your hands in horror at the merry chaos which > has broken out at ACollaborativeConlang and decided to try to create > something saner? I noticed a comment along the lines of "We don't want > anything mad like nominative/accusative in the present tense and > ergative/absolute in the past", which is precisely what > ACollaborativeConlang has (I believe that the linguistic term for this is > "split-S"). Good luck, but feel free to come and play with the anarchists > at any time. I once made a sketch of a conlang which was, IIRC nom-acc in the past, abs-erg in the present and Monster Raving Loony in the future, along with some bizarre mappings between different case and tense endings; ergative, accusative and intransitive, past and future where all unmarked, while nominative, absolutive, transitive and present all took the same affix. Hm, that doesn't look quite right - it was supposed to be completely unambigous too (syntax telling verbs from nouns). I called it "Split-Evil". If/when my internet access at home starts working, I can provide more details. Andreas PS The purpose of the exercise was simple; to violate ALF.