Fuzzy blue monkeys in Ramyo
|From:||Muke Tever <alrivera@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 13, 2001, 15:33|
May as well do this before I go to bed.
jh-ch is the root for "furry".
I'm not rich enough in vocabulary for "fuzzy",
but "furry" does well enough.
("Fur" is <jha-chwa-> sounds almost like "Joshua",
which was interesting, in an in-jokey sort of way.
Almost totally unintended, as the <jhach> is regularly
derived from a root something like <y-y->, but -wa is
the nmlzr for class V on purpose.)
ta-r-:d is the root for "blue" (noun: ta-raa~day+)
Actually the rami language is not rich in color terms.
"ta-r~d" is undifferentiated blue and green. I'm not sure
of the exact range of this word, I'll have to pull out
my Berlin & Kay charts.
ki+myo- is the word for "monkey".
There is an actual word for monkey, because there are
probably monkeys native to the rami homeland. :p
(It's somewhere in Africa, although I haven't decided
where exactly yet.)
The <yo> in <kimyo> is the same as the <yo> in <ramyo>, being the nmlzr for
animates (class X). That they both end in <myo> is a coincidence; the roots are
k+m and r-m respectively. :p
Anyway, throw it all together, and "fuzzy blue monkey" is:
which is pronounced [j\A.CtA.4A:.dki.mjo], where the - is low pitch, + is high
pitch, and ^ is falling pitch. (Or, for simplicity's sake, you can throw out
the pitch marks altogether and write "jhachtaraadkimyo".)
(And yes, you would just say "fuzzy blue monkey" because ramyo doesn't have
obligatory number marking...you might give it a number if you had a particular
number in mind, but this is too vague for that.)