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Comments and suggestions welcome! -- Erimeyz

Some hints from Láadan

The Láadan language was invented by Suzette Haden Elgin for a series of SF books. It's supposed to represent the viewpoint of women better (which brings out an awful lot of surprisingly nasty comments). The print grammar for that language has some interesting tools for practicing a language, and few of them show up on a new web site for the language. Take a look at the "Pattern Practice" section of [1] and following lessons. That gets in grammar and vocab practice. Sections like that would be very useful for Na'vi lessons, too, I think. Wm.annis 02:22, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

Also, feel free to draft me for sentence creation, if you get weary of that. ;) Wm.annis 02:57, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

Ha! Wow, yes, count on it! Thanks for the kind offer. :) -- Erimeyz

First vocab lesson; word order

I think it might be easier for people if their first exposure to the free word order doesn't involve questions of transitivity. Things like ikran lu tsawl can get them a little vocab and an intro to the wonders of free constituent order without have also to cope with two cases and transitivity. Then a following lesson with the [b]oel ngati kameie[/b] examples can be a double dose of free word order learning. Wm.annis 01:13, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

You know, that's a very good point. I'll give it some thought. -- Erimeyz 03:21, 28 January 2010 (UTC)
I gave it some thought, and I'm taking your advice. I'll reshuffle my order (which wasn't fixed anyway) and start them off with free word order, copulas, and some adjectives (non-attributive). Plus, it gives me a chance to make a little joke. :) -- Erimeyz 03:40, 28 January 2010 (UTC)