Wednesday, July 6, 2011
To Loglan or not to Loglan
Should Ceqli "nouns" be verbs, as in Loglan? Should jin mean "is a person," or can it act more like English, and as a verb have the meaning of "to man the helm"? I'm inclined to think I should stick with the Loglan idea, and use the equivalent of an -um to derive words that don't have a clear derivation path. That occurred to me with 'fum,' which I was going to use to mean smoke as a noun and a verb as in English, but if fum means 'is smoke,' then I can use 'fumspir' (smoke-breathe) as I think Loglan does for smoke in that sense — "Janzo fumspir to kana." and something like smoke-treat for smoking fish. Make sense? I can imagine I'd actually need an -um word very rarely.