It's very early here and my coffee's just kicking in, but aren't you describing a highly analytic, not a highly synthetic, language? One morpheme per word sounds very analytic to me. On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 10:26 PM, Hugo Cesar de Castro Carneiro < [log in to unmask]> wrote: > Hej conlangers, > > I am creating a very synthetic language. It is somewhat more synthetic than > an affixal polysynthetic language and maybe as synthetic as or even less > synthetic than a compositional polysynthetic one. > > Compositional polysynthetic languages usually have more than one morpheme > per word. My conlang, on the other hand, will have only one. > > What can make my conlang as synthetic as (or as almost synthetic as) a > compositional polysynthetic language is that there will not be any closed > class word in my conlang. There will be no adposition, no conjunction, no > pronoun (of any kind) and so on. Because of this lack of closed class > words, > it is very difficult to build subordinate clauses. > > My first attempt to create noun subordinate clauses was to transform the > verb of subordinate clause into a noun, so I would transform "I saw you > hugging that girl" into "I saw your hug upon that girl". I create these > sentences with a nominalized verb by using the possessive case for the > agent > (the one that owns the action) and the genitive case for the patient > (simply > an object, a complement to that action). > > But this proved to be very awkward. To have verbs in coordinate and in main > clauses, but nouns in subordinates? This proves even more awkward as one > starts to create embedded subordinate clauses. > > > I tried to use a verb in the subordinate clauses, but I could not find an > elegant solution. > > > This gets worse when I want to create sentences with modal verbs. "I want > to > sing that song" turns into "I want my singing upon that song", or even "I > want to let you get out alone" turning into "I want my letting upon your > alone out-getting". > > > At last, I also have a special constructions for consecutive coordinate > clauses (one when the agent of the first clause is the experiencer of the > second, and one when the patient of the first is the experiencer of the > second). The constructions are: > 1. The woman lost her dog and cried, which becomes, Lose dog.her.ACC > woman.ABS cry (ACC = accusative, ABS = absolutive, there is neither tense > nor mood, this will be represent with periphrastic constructions) > 2. The man pulled the door and it opened, which becomes, Pull man.ERG > door.ABS open (ERG = ergative). > > The aforementioned constructions were created to supress the lack of > pronouns (It will be hard to create references, as the "it" in the second > sentence). > > > I hope someone can help me with this problem, > > Best Regards to y'all conlagers, > Hugo Cesar > -- Second Person, a chapbook of poetry by Patrick Dunn, is now available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press<http://www.finishinglinepress.com/NewReleasesandForthcomingTitles.htm>.