much thanks to everyone. Metes is going back in the trash, and I'm going to start a language based on a logic, rather than the copy-&-mutate of Metes. again, gracias. >Subject: Re: question - for organizing a long-delayed language - my US$0.02 >Date: Sun, 8 May 2005 16:40:36 -0000 > > > no, not really....Metes was my attempt to make a > > conlang purely (or almost purely) via mutation. > >Mutation from what? from a PIE wordlist. >Do you mean via usage? > > > >teq(m) = 10 > > >teu- _=_ to do, perform, show favor, revere . > > >teu- _=_ to lack, to be wanting; to tire . > > the Equals sign, indicates translation...a space-saving interlinear > > [notation] that I grew up with > >And the underscores designate what? a space between them (because, to my eyes, some letters look like they have a gap between them - even when there isn't a gap - and others look like there's no gap, even when there is one). > > >Next, in /teqm/, why is the /m/ in parentheses? Is it because > >I echo the question about the /m/. as I understand it, () indicate a letter that would be dropped under certain circumstances. ie, teqWeIq > > > >WeIq > > but, and this is where I get puzzled, how does one > > determine which one is indicated in a sentence. > >Perhaps by either retaining your method and adding a legend, or by >adopting this alternative adding the appropriate verbiage? understood. (we'll see, at least). >context", but at some point, examples are nice. very true.