The Konya Language
Copyright © 2005 Larry Sulky
2005-03-05: Version 031.
- First public release.
2005-03-12: Version 032.
- Changed letter-naming scheme from waha, beba, ceca etc.
to a, ba, ca etc., with mandatory prefix yi-.
2005-06-14: Version 033.
- Removed phoneme represented by c.
compounding hyphen from
wa to n.
- Removed apostrophe as schwa placeholder.
- Abandoned dropping of a
in most situations.
- Changed some functionals and functional series.
- Changed some vocabulary.
- Reversed usual order of lexemes within compound words.
- Loosened guidelines on creating compound words.
- Added "Additional vocabulary" section.
2005-06-25: Version 034.
- Added considerable vocabulary, much of it based on Jeffrey Henning's language, Kali-sise
(with his permission, though he indicates that he has placed it in the public domain
- Added a comment concerning plural pronouns, per Steve Rice's comments.
- Corrected terminology concerning progressive tense, gerund, and present participle,
per Steve Rice's comments.
- Clarified and corrected discussion of intransitive, reflexive, and transitive
verbs, per comments from
Steve Rice and Dana Nutter.
- Added active and passive participle forms, as well as gerund form.
- Reworked impersonal verbs.
- Changes to existing vocabulary:
- Preference: lu becomes su = person
- Preference: loka becomes lu = position, location
- Duplication: xoxanpoka is deleted in favour of existing tixa = few
- Duplication: tesana = design, plan and pilana = plane (geometric)
- Duplication: lona = only, lone and leha = length
- Duplication: lena is deleted in favour of existing lenyuna = learning
- Duplication: koma is deleted in favour of existing komyuna = eating
- Duplication: kusa = cuisine
- Improper compound formation: hintokyu becomes hiyu = agree
2005-07-09: Version 035.
- Improper compound formation: names of days and months are inverted to conform to newer compounding rules
- Preference: changed words for numbers per approved recommendation:
Words for 0 and 1 are not changed.
- xuma = 2 (formerly xu)
- sifa = 3 (formerly si)
- koka = 4 (formerly ku)
- fexa = 5 (formerly fe)
- sota = 6 (formerly so)
- pipa = 7 (formerly pi)
- tema = 8 (formerly te)
- lika = 9 (formerly le)
- Development: removed h, added stressed diphthongs ai and au.
- Correction: word order of measurement examples changed.
- Correction: incorrect formation of names of months and days of the week.
- Correction: various duplications removed.
- Predicate versus functional: reworked measurement mechanisms.
- Predicate versus functional: reworked comparisons to use simpler, more robust functionals.
- Improper phrase formation: teka wa kila becomes tekankila = tens of thousands.
- Development: heavily reworked prepositions to be lexically correlated with verbs, per
approved recommendation. Changed
rolls of various "w-" functionals (not just prepositions) in support of this rework.
- Development: passive prepositions.
- Development: reciprocal verbs.
- Development: superlatives.
- Duplication: xepyu = to help; deleted xepa = sheep.
- Duplication: fulyu = to want; deleted fula = sphere.
- Duplication: xela = degree Celsius; lai = conceptualised, generalised.
- Correction: yexala = because, to be parallel to other conjunctions.
- Development: changed form of letter names and their use in identifiers.
2005-07-23: Version 036.
- Recommendation: dropped use of impersonal pronoun with impersonal verbs.
- Recommendation: adapted ya as a vocative case marker.
- Development: adapted si more clearly as an emphatic particle.
- Corrected: morphology for alcohol and carpenter in lexicon file.
- Adopted: vocabulary additions / changes from proposed Babel text. (See message #48).
- Adopted: vocabulary additions / changes for miscellaneous words: excess and related words; set; toe; salt; garlic. (See message #48).
- Adopted: vocabulary changes for miscellaneous words: feces, excrement; to stop. (See message #63).
- Adopted: vocabulary additions / changes for miscellaneous words: bad, poor. (See message #69).
2005-09-10: Version 037.
- Recommendation: changed morphotactics and phonotactics. This is a major revision; Konya is now largely bisyllabic, with final vowels indicating grammatical roles. Concommitantly added concept of short lexicals.
- Recommendation: changed copula to a functional.
- Development: changed clause-ending marker to generic "wo" instead of matching clause-beginning and clause-ending markers.
- Development: added concept of interjections as distinct lexical classes.
- Development: changed terminology "predicate" to "lexical" to be parallel to "functional" and to allow use of "predicate" in its normal sense.