I don’t get to garden today. The Santa Ana winds damaged the fence so one of my roommates and the neighbor are fixing it. So instead, ya’ll get updates! Yay!
One of the fun but sometimes frustrating things about translating is that you keep finding situations where what you did before doesn’t work. This is one of them. In previous sentences zɯ got the accusative case marker, but it could be replaced by the answer. So, new rule was noted: if zɯ can’t be replaced by an object answering the question, it’s unmarked.
I’ve come up with a bunch of words for Nyjichxn because I was on a roll, but I have to do all the fiddly bits before they’re ready to share. It won’t be tomorrow, because I’m going to a thing. Probably won’t be Sunday because I’m going to prune the heck outta the tomatoes and do other gardening crap. But those eight words are coming soon.
Yup, doing Lexember again this year. Yup, I’m behind. The plan is actually to do it for the two languages I’m working on, Ŋyjichɯn and Ie. I’ll have to get caught up on Ie later, but it’s easier because it doesn’t have all the alternation and crap that Ŋyjichɯn does.
Anyway, here’s my first lexeme for the month:
Gloss: ice, slush, freeze
Irregularity: Noun – Type 1 (no plural or paucal)
Phonetic (IPA / Ŋyjichɯn transliteration): ˈtʃi.dʒɑɜ.ˌvʏ / chyjɒovi
Trying to catch up. These are all body parts. A couple are expansions of other meanings (I’m only including significant additions) and those have all the info. The rest I’m not taking the time to make the plurals and pronunciation and everything else.
liiwnɒ – spine or snake. related to lin, long and narrow
I’m a bit behind, but I’ll catch up tomorrow or so. I’m trying to get the entries in my lexicon that are in progress finished so I can tell what I’m missing. There’s about sixty of them. Anyway, here’s a word derived from an entry I worked on today.
to frighten, to scare, frightening, scary, scary things
kyry (fear) + -miir- (to cause to affix)
Noun – Type 3 (all words derived from -miir- form plurals the same traditional way)
I suppose I should give some quick background on my language. It’s called Ŋyjichɯn ( /ɱɪ.ˈdʒi.ʧɯŋ/ ) Because of its stress and alternation the pronunciation doesn’t match the spelling, although it’s predictable if a bit complicated. It’s a polysynthetic language with heavy noun incorporation, affixing, and reduplication. The default word order is SOV, but in practice the most important word is placed in front.