I love you too

Posted by Mark Rosenfelder on 16:18 7/11/01

In reply to: Phrases in many languages posted by Philip Newton on 14:34 7/9/01

Say, you're good at this. Your morphology is correct throughout (I hadn't thought that there was even that much about Obenzayet online); the only quibbles I have are syntactic or lexical.

Man, I sure seem to like pro-drop languages. There's not a single language with a required pronoun subject! (Some, like Xurnese, require some pronouns, but not 'I'.)

...OK, I worked out the Kebreni word. :) You might be interested in the word creation process... I started by looking at Buck's Dictionary of Selected Synonyms in the Principal Indo-European Languages, a great resource for etymological ideas. I saw that some words for 'love' derive from 'dear', an idea I hadn't used before.

But, Kebreni doesn't have 'dear' either. I went back to the word paru 'lip', and derived parsu 'kiss' (the infix -s- derives a verb expressing the usual action associated with a noun; cf. poc 'foot' --> pocsu 'kick'). That gives us the adjectivization pansyr 'dear, loveable', and from that the verb pansyru 'love'.

After all that, we get pensyniri 'I love you' (or, to give one of those exceedingly literal translations that got Benjamin Lee Whorf in trouble, 'loving is going on that benefits you').

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