While the storm in the capitalization teacup blows over, I thought I'd present some preliminary notes on a toy conlang that I've been doodling on and off recently. This isn't meant to be a "serious" conlang, so I'm purposely ignoring the unlikelihood of the fact that its speakers are whimsical stereotypical green alien beings that look like a ball with pincer-clawed arms and webbed feet with a single eye on a stalk that curves from their lower back above their body, and the fact that they ride in saucer-shaped spacecrafts with a hemispherical half-dome on top and retractable landing gear on the bottom. In any case, here's the currently very scant lexicon: _ipf_ [Ipf]: eye. _ipfen_ [Ipf@n]: my eye. _mohipf_ [mo'?Ipf]: monster. _gruŋ_ [grUN] or [groUN]: arms. _gruŋgen_ ['grUNg@n] or [groUNg@n]: my arms. _tsapjak_ [ts)a'pjak]: feet/legs. _voluŋ_ [vO'lUN]: spaceship. _voluŋgen_ [vO'lUNg@n]: my spaceship. _qeŋ_ [ts)ʰEN]: glass. (Not 100% sure about spelling /ts)ʰ/ as _q_ yet, though.) _iqeŋ_ [I'ts)ʰEN]: glass dome. From this very scant corpus, one may draw the following conclusions: - The language has a /pf/ consonant cluster. - [ts)] may contrast with [ts)ʰ]. - _-en_ appears to be a 1SG possessive suffix. - When _-en_ follows _ŋ_, a linking /g/ is inserted. - _h_ appears to represent the glottal stop. - _i-_ appears to be some kind of derivative prefix, perhaps describing a thing made from a particular material? Furthermore, I have in my notes that _mohipf_ is the plural of "eye" (to a 1-eyed species, anything with multiple eyes is monstrous!). Which implies that _mo(h)-_ is perhaps some kind of pluralizing prefix. Or maybe it's _mo-_ with a linking /?/ when preceding a vowel. I haven't worked out any syntax yet, though. And I don't have a name for the conlang yet. Any suggestions? :-P T -- If creativity is stifled by rigid discipline, then it is not true creativity.