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Some Observations

syntonica ("syntonica" <syntonica@...>) on February 16, 2006

Wow! Need some air after diving in so deep. I never realized how many con= cepts in English were expressed in Latin compound words and didn’t really = have any Germanic synonyms. (de-, con-, ex-, etc.)

  1. (centi <> hekto) = =3D trainwreck! Don’t use extra words when you can let the math do the wo= rk for you. Let centipedes be centipedes!

100 =3D “centi”=3D”hekto”=3Do= ne hundred 1/100=3D”verte-centi”=3D”verte-hekto”=3Done one-hundredth

Facil= i, ne?

  1. I think I get the “ne” vs “no” distinction. No(n) is the oppos= ite of something. “Ne” just denies the quality.

Amo love No= n-amo hate Ne-amo not loved, but not necessarily hated either. = (The nice way to let your suitor down!) Ne-xeno not a stranger (but= not a friend either); acquaintance An es ne-xeno. He is known to me.

  1. = I don’t think the word “zero” hit western culture until the Pope was speak= ing Italian.
    Hindu/Arabic numerals and the zero (sifr[Arabic]=3D>cypher, = zefiro=3D>zero) didn’t arrive until the 11th or 12th century!)

  2. “Vag= ona” is definitely from the German, probably arriving 410AD with Alaric and= his armies. I would suggest “harma” [Gr.] or “carrus” [L] instead. Both= mean “chariot.”

  3. The verb structures still seem a little Western-centr= ic. While most moods can be expressed, I would suggest adding the followi= ng verb modifiers:

“dubi” for a dubitative or a hearsay mood:

qo-lo es F= red nu-di? Where is Fred today?
Fred dubi es pato. Fred, (I gu= ess), is sick.

Irene dubi dice mi; … Irene told me (it’s hearsay)…

“ja” for a cohortive/energetic/counterfactual mood:

Na ja dice glosa! = Let’s speak Glosa! Mi ja pote dice glosa! (But) I can speak Gl= osa! Id ja es boni di! It’s a bee-a-utiful day!

Boni sani a pa= n! Sintonika

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Some Observations - Committee on language planning, FIAS. Coordination: Vergara & Hardy, PhDs.