I've been starting a more comprehensive list of Alál complex roots, which are the majority of verbal roots in the language. It's finally giving me a chance to mess with semantics, etymology, and various methods of grouping information. There's a complicated compounding system, and it's nice to finally get to toy with it. Compound verbs are identifiable predominantly by the presence of a CVVC final syllable when in the active voice. New vocabulary additions include:
. I lose my grip on something due to slipperiness.
. I maintain silence while being interrogated.
. I give away my position to a predator.
. I am running out of time. (Idiomatic, post-Terran)
. I meditate.
. I have hypothermia.
. I have dislocated a limb.
. I am breaking and entering.
. My group splits up despite being in a dangerous environment (as so often happens in Scooby Doo).
Most complex roots are defective in one way or another; while simple roots tend to have a full paradigm of possible meanings depending on axis, aspect, volition, and valency, complex roots never do. Some older compounds have fuller paradigms, with the most common variation being the development of a semantically related but originally idiomatic stative form (ZaZtaıàTXuD has a stative [and, notably, intransitive] form Zaztaıîtxuud
, with the meaning of "I am slimy"; LaSsZuL has Lassîzuul
"I have taken a religious vow of silence"; so on and so forth.) Most are either transitive or intransitive, lacking simple roots' flexible valency, and while axis is usually productive, many complex roots have incorporated axes that are mandatory (as in Taráxızàaz
, which includes áx
"motion downwards" due to its origin as a description of the motion of sand within an hourglass).
Edit: Also, pulled the old writing system up with the intent to rework it, but found I rather like what it is now.