Tikolm wrote:Benny is doing something I haven't seen a lot, which is to just stick the verb for "do" onto whatever word you want to be a verb.
This is called a light verb construction and they're not uncommon. Korean and Japanese, for instance, make extensive use of them.
Tikolm wrote:About the "English cypher" issue -- there's nothing whatever wrong with creating a language that's this obviously based on English, but some people can be real purists and will shoot down this type of project because it's not "creative" enough. This may or may not be true, and opinions vary, but it's usually best not to come right out and say "your language is nothing but an English cypher with deliberately obtuse spelling" or anything along those lines. If someone wants to create an English cypher, there's nothing wrong with that. In fact, my most developed and favorite conlang (Tikolmian) is nothing but encoded, somewhat spiced up English with a culture of its own.
There's nothing wrong with it, but there's also nothing wrong with holding would-be conlangers to a higher standard. Calling such a project a "conlang" trivialises the hard work of those who have built up substantial new languages of their own. A cypher-conlang of your native language is the work of half a minute. Let me demonstrate: Çes es meï neü konlaġ. Ônt ʒy emprist? Ʒy ¢od bï! Eï spiant ă huul menet-n-ă-hof on't!