Posted by Jonathana Tegire on 15:20 5/22/02

In reply to: Vihal posted by Glenn Kempf on 8:46 5/22/02

Airana, Galenan Kemapaf!
Just so you know, when you're only addressing one person, you use Airana as opposed to Airanasin. It's idiomatic.

About the Tigerian stress system: The "official" system (the one based on most important vowel) is only used by scholars, etc. It is also pounded into the heads of students as they are learning the language. However, there are innumerable variations. I myself stress words as it seems most natural to me. Halevena (flow) is more important to me than strict rules. Poetry is the only real time when it is expected that the official system be used.

About Vihal: I hadn't really thought about double-verb formations in Vihal yet. But I suppose your method would be the correct one, seeing as how it puts the second verb in an almost objective place. You are also correct in not using articles. Vihal sees no need for them. I realize you had no choice, with me not listing them, but I guess you're smarter than I am. Either that or just lucky.

Hemonea an hamunea hanarate hiniranafir (Live and love in peace forever)
-Jonathana Tegire

Mark responds:

If I may intervene... leaving things to euphony ('what sounds best') is tempting, but it's something you may regret later. Linguistically, there's no such thing as euphony; what sounds good is largely a matter of what you're used to. E.g., many people think Italian sounds nice. Linguists can't accept "nice" as a rule for sound change; but we can analyze why Italian sounds the way it does. As a rule of thumb, this usually is due to phonological constraints (explained in the Language Construction Kit).

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