CLS III: Gratuitous Verbage

So, uh… the Alaran new year occurs umm… one day after ours, due to a political dispute that arose between the houses of Niara and Atralang in the year 289… both sides wanted to have really big new years parties, and… uh… okay, yeah, I got nothing.

Sorry for breaking my promise and not posting ’till after new years. But there was a lot to type.

Click here for gratuitous verbage.

Yeah, I should’ve gotten rid of the wiggly red lines before I screencapped, but that does not concern me. That’s a lot of shit to read, so it’s really just there for a reference. If any of you memorize it, I will be very surprised, as I haven’t. At all. I constantly need to look at it to figure out what the hell is going on.

The reason there are so many verb tenses is twofold: one, there are four verb forms, categorized by their endings, -eg, -as, -at, and -ül. Two, CLS distinguishes both in terms of time (past, present, future) and evidentiality (knowledgeable, hearsay, assumption). What that means is that there is a specific verb conjugation for whether you know something to be true, you’ve heard it’s true, or you assume it’s true. This is why a lot of the verb conjugations are so long – they cut out some of the useless language fluff. So “I heard John hates you” would simply be “John thal theraä”. “I assume you felt her” would be “That ata zhadheka” while “I heard you felt her” would be “That ata zhadhala” and “I know you felt her” would be “That ata zhadhakh”. It simplifies the language quite a bit. Apologies for the examples being so dirty, but by my calculations I’ve been awake for something like twenty-two hours now, and when I’m tired my creativity takes a dive into the perverse.

Anyway, next post should be on either noun declension or all the forms of “to be”, the one after that should be whichever one I didn’t do the previous time, and the one after that should be on clitics. These posts will be in pretty quick succession, as they’ll be short. It’ll be great… I have to go pass out now.

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8 Comments

  1. pieboy said,

    January 1, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    That’s a really neat idea. It’s nice that it’s not incomprehensibly complex, either.

  2. Esty said,

    January 2, 2008 at 1:53 am

    That’s a pretty neat idea, about the evidentiality of things.

    Ah, Latin verb tables are bigger. ‘S not too bad. 😉

    Oh do not talk to me about perverse right now… Or perverted, for that matter…

  3. tuskedchimp said,

    January 2, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Latin verb tables are bigger? I need to see these…

  4. pieboy said,

    January 2, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Person (First, Second, Third)
    Number (Singular or Plural)
    Voice (Active or Passive)
    Tense (Present, Imperfect, Perfect, Pluperfect, Future Perfect, Future)
    Mood (Indicative, Imperative, Subjunctive)

  5. tuskedchimp said,

    January 2, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Holy fuck on a stick… what the hell is Pluperfect?

  6. pieboy said,

    January 2, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Pluperfect is a completed action with reference to the past. Perfect is a completed action with reference to the presence, so “I kicked the ball,” or “I dug the hole.” Pluperfect would be “I had kicked the ball,” or “I had dug the hole.” Where perfect is complete by the present, pluperfect is complete by some unspecified time before the present.

    Tenses are completely batshit.

  7. tuskedchimp said,

    January 2, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    That’s just plain weird.

  8. pieboy said,

    January 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    hey look i posted


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