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I have decided to attempt Languary, which is explained here http://languary.tumblr.com/For this exercise, I'm spawning a new universe for which I have notes.  The language I'm working on is the good old role playing favourite of "Standard".  Its actual name means "Allspeak" but I don't know how to say that yet....

So let's begin.


tark /tak/ - stop; cease motion and/or action.

This is the basic verb form which is then inflected for tense and number, or to form adjectives and adverbs

It is also the first of the first person singular forms:

tark = I stop

It is used as a command because without an object it implies that the listener, any listener, is the one being stopped by the speaker.

Any tense which implies that the action is happening at the time being described adds the first vowel of the verb as a suffix. Thus:

tarka = I am stopping

To get a future tense you add the second suffix –yu /ju/. Thus you get:

tarkyu = I will stop

tarkayu = I will be stopping

To get an intentional tense you add yu as a prefix. Thus:

yutark = I plan to stop

yutarka = I am planning to stop

yutarkyu = I will plan to stop

yutarkayu = I am going to be stopping/I am planning to be stopping

To get a past tense you add the suffix –ow /aʊ/. Thus you have:

tarkow = I stopped

tarkaow = I was stopping

yutarkow = I planned to stop

yutarkaow = I was planning to stop

yutarkow = I had planned to stop

yutarkaow = I was going to be stopping/I was planning to be stopping

Before leaving verbs, it must be mentioned that tark- is used as a prefix on verbs to change the meaning to ceasing to do something. Thus you can have:

tarktark = I stop stopping or I am ceasing to stop.

A mechanism that stops something can be a tarkud, from tark and the element –ud /ʌd/ meaning a thing, particularly a mechanical thing meant to do something. Tarkud is the word normally used for a brake.

Something which has recently stopped is described as being tarkamen, from tarka and –men /mɛn/ which is used to form non-superlative, non-comparative descriptors. An object, and particularly a person, at rest however, is not described being tarkmen as this implies all function has ceased forever and it is, in fact, slang for someone being dead.

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Woo, starting right out with conjugation!!

(pst, try http://languary.tumblr.com/ for your link)

I like the "add the first vowel of the action" bit. Neat.

First person singular conjugation only. Also, I'm not sure that I've covered all the tenses - one has heard things about Finnish.


(Becka here)

I don't know about tenses in Finnish but it has 15 cases on its nouns...

Also some of those tenses are moods. ;-p

I have looked at Wikipedia on the subject, and I am quite sure that no high school English or German class ever touched on that.

Verbs have tense - where they are placed in time. They also have moods - how the speaker feels about the verb - is at command, a hope, a fact - (the difference between Run!, I want to run and I run) and aspects - how the action relates to the flow of time (the difference between I ran and I was running)

English has two tenses (past and present) and indicates mood, aspect and future tense by adding words. Some languages have no tenses and place them in time by additional words. Some have tons of tenses eg distant past, recent past, hodiurnal (earlier today), present, near future, distant future - there are tons of tenses, if there's a way of placing a veerb in time some language somewhere does it.

Thank you for that.

I am current considering whether I need the perfect version of the tenses because if I have specified that one set of the tenses I already have means that the action was in progress at the time being spoken of, then that implies that the other version means it wasn't.

I am discovering that some sounds are not what I thought they were...

Ooou, so like "go get the flowers" as a plea vs. as a command vs. just a simple instruction?

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