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I like #2; you don't use accents, but the stressed vowel is still obvious.

On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 3:01 PM, Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I'm soliciting opinions on marking stress in ai Basata.
>
> In ai Basata the stress is always on the final vowel of the root.
> Roots always end in a consonant, and suffixes always begin with a vowel.
>        bat + o, rad + ase, pad + a, etc.
> Most words have only a single-vowel part-of-speech suffix, making the
> stress penultimate on most words.
>        bAto, angUla, mavAnte, etc.
> Derivational suffixes have two syllables, causing the stress on the word to
> be ante-penultimate.
>        bat + ora = bAtora, bej + ota = bEjota, rad + ase = rAdase, etc.
> Adding more than one suffix pushes back the accented syllable even further.
>
> Here are some alternatives for indicating stress:
>
> 1. Don't do anything. Expect the user to know the root and stress on each
> word.
>
> De sabale loka tamani te yuga karodo one basata u pahale pada sa. Tamani
> machata viajo abisuri, tuasa achamodo mahangana tari ai Shinar u tuasa
> iremando tari tatra.
>
> 2. Double the stressed vowel: baato, mavaante, baatora, beejota.
>
> De saabale looka tamaani te yuuga kaarodo oone baasata u paahale paada sa.
> Tamaani maachata viajo abisuuri, tuasa achaamodo mahangaana taari ai Shinar
> u tuasa iremaando taari taatra.
>
> 3. Make the last root vowel always be a dipthong: baito, mavaunte, baitora,
> beijota.
>
> De saibale loika tamaeni te yuega kairodo one baisata u paehale pauda sa.
> Tamaini maochata viajo abisuiri, tuasa achaimodo mahangaena tairi ai Shinar
> u tuasa iremaendo tairi taetra.
>
> 4. Use accent marks when stress is not penultimate: bato, béjota, rádase,
> mavante.
>
> De sábale loka tamani te yuga károdo one basata u páhale pada sa. Tamani
> máchata viajo abisuri, tuasa achámodo mahangana tari ai Shinar u tuasa
> iremando tari tatra.
>
> 5. Use accent marks everywhere: báto, béjota, rádase, mavánte.
>
> De sábale lóka tamáni te yúga károdo óne basáta u páhale páda sa. Tamáni
> máchata viájo abisúri, tuása achámodo mahangána tári ai Shinar u tuása
> iremándo tári tátra.
>
> 6. Replace the first vowel of all two-syllable suffixes with demi-schwa
> (made-up word, but you know what I mean ;), written (') and mostly
> disappeared in pronunciation, (bato, bej'ta, rad'se, mavante) except where
> actually necessary: wit'ta.
>
> De sab'le loka tamani te yuga kar'do one bas'ta u pah'le pada sa. Tamani
> mach'ta viajo abisuri, tuasa acham'do mahangana tari ai Shinar u tuasa
> iremando tari tatra.
>
> (English: The whole world during that era had one language and shared.ADJ
> word PLU. During mankind moves eastward, they found (a) plain in Shinar and
> they began-reside in that-place.)
>
>
> --- On Tue, 5/5/09, Larry Sulky <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > > I kinda like that one. In fact, suppose the final
> > vowel of the root were
> > > always doubled? Then you could always tell what was a
> > root and what was an
> > > affix.
> > >
> >
> > Yep. My hidden agenda.
>
> I knew that. :) (Elomi is now the name of a plus-size bra, in case you
> haven't done a Google on it lately.)
>
> >
> > Then how about an apostrophe at the root boundary only when
> > a suffix (aside
> > from the grammatical class suffix -- "a", "i", etc.)
> > occurs?
>
> See my alternatives listed above.
>
> --gary
>