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Languary 3
Finally, my third Languary post. I realised that I was tying myself up in knots trying to write every thing out, so here we are:

We now move to people who aren’t us with the second person.

The creators of ‘Allspeak’ divided the people to whom one might be speaking directly into the familiar, the unfamiliar, and those with whom it is impossible to became familiar. The first category contains friends, family, and (often) ones’ deity of choice. The second category is people outside the first category and is thus the form used for strangers and in formal and/or professional circumstances. The third category contains animals, things, and metaphorical concepts.

The singular second person pronouns are:

Subjective     Objective                  Possessive adjective          Reflexive

Familiar        tay /teɪ/        tayer /teɪɜ/               taym /teɪm/                      tayertay /teɪɜteɪ/

Unfamiliar    tuy /taɪ/        tuyer /taɪɜ/               tuym /taɪm/                      tuyertuy /taɪɜtaɪ/

Impossible    toy /tɔɪ/        toyer /tɔɪɜ/               toym /tɔɪm/                      toyertoy /tɔɪɜtɔɪ/

This makes the plural second person pronouns:

Subjective     Objective                  Possessive adjective      Reflexive

Familiar        tayk /teɪk/     tayker /teɪkɜ/           taykm /teɪkm/               taykertayk /teɪkɜteɪk/

Unfamiliar    tuyk /taɪk/     tuyker /taɪkɜ/           tuykm /taɪkm/              tuykertuyk /taɪkɜtaɪk/

Impossible    toyk /tɔɪk/     toyker /tɔɪkɜ/           toykm /tɔɪkm/               toyertoy /tɔɪɜtɔɪ/

That, in turn, leads us to second person verbs. ‘Allspeak’ does this by adding the vowel of the subjective pronoun to the basic verb form as a suffix before any tense suffixes are added. Thus you have:

                                    Singular                                                                 Plural

                 Familiar        Unfamiliar      Impossible              Familiar        Unfamiliar      Impossible

you stop      tarkay           tarkuy             tarkoy                     tarkayk         tarkuyk            tarkoyk

you are stopping      tarkaya         takuya             tarkoya                  tarkayak       takuyak           tarkoyak

you will stop        tarkay’yu      tarkuy’yu         tarkoy’yu               tarkay’yuk     tarkuy’yuk       tarkoy’yuk

you will be stopping      tarkayayu     tarkuyayu        tarkoyayu               tarkayayuk    tarkuyayuk      tarkoyayuk

you plan to stop        yutarkay       yutarkuy          yutarkoy                 yutarkayk      yutarkuyk        yutarkoyk

And so on.


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I like the different sorts of "you" here. :-D

Thank you.

I needed to squash my intention to write out a table of every verb form and post it...

I couldn't figure out how to get my whole table on the 'page'.

Okay, that's a legit reason.

Two tables?

Can one's dog or horse or pet rock be familiar? Are working animals ever addressed with the formal form?

Can there be people (different culture, different species, AI, different planet-of-evolution) so unlike oneself as to be in the third category?

<ponders metaphorical things outside the third category>

Yes to questions one and two.

Theoretically to number three.

<ponders #3> People who are so far away one will not having meaningful interaction with them in one's lifetime (across the continent/sea/galaxy/intergalactic space/war/moiety/...). People in comas, or with (unassessed) brain damage. People in altered mental states (drugs/trance/religious ecstacy/...). People who haven't been born yet. People who will never be born (the children one's deceased sibling never had). Fictional people. Mythological people. Hypothetical people.

I'm not wandering nearly far enough from home. Brain needs more stretching!

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