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Wednesday August 02, 2006
09:24 AM

Axaxaxas mlo

[ #30515 ]
Since everyone speaks about the kingdom of Nouns, I'd like to point my readers to that short story by Borges, Tlôn, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius , which describes a kingdom of verbs.

Here's an excerpt:

There are no nouns in Tlön's conjectural Ursprache, from which the "present" languages and the dialects are derived: there are impersonal verbs, modified by monosyllabic suffixes (or prefixes) with an adverbial value. For example: there is no word corresponding to the word "moon,", but there is a verb which in English would be "to moon" or "to moonate." "The moon rose above the river" is hlor u fang axaxaxas mlo, or literally: "upward behind the onstreaming it mooned."

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  • "upward behind the onstreaming it mooned."

    "It" is a (pro)noun. For that matter, I think "onstreaming" is too?

    • Yeah, "onstreaming" is a noun. A gerund, to be specific. The article, "the", kinda gives it away.

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think prepositions ("behind") require a noun phrase in English. But perhaps we can do this with two statements and adverbs instead of prepositions?

      "streamed on ahead; mooned upward behind"

      Or perhaps this is just plain silly. :-P

      --
      perl -e 'print "Just another Perl ${\(trickster and hacker)},";'
      The Sidhekin proves that Sidhe did it!