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(con)lang names & RE: Pima determiners

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Saturday, November 25, 2000, 12:14
[CHAT removed from Subject, because of some Conlang relevance introduced]

> fellow U of A student Colleen Fitzgerald (now at SUNY > Buffalo) wrote a little paper ("Prosody Drives the Syntax") in which > she claimed that the Tohono O'odham determiner _g_ was deleted when > sentence initial for prosodic reasons--something like "can't begin a > sentence with a stressless element." In other words, prosody takes > precedence (in an OT sort of way) over the syntactic requirements of > noun marking by a determiner.
Do you know how I might get my hands on a copy of this? It sounds to me as though prosody need drive not the syntax but the phonological expression (as zero/nonzero) of determiners. BTW, I have long thought that Tohono O'odham is just about the coolest language name there is. It just doesn't sound like a language at all. It sounds like the name of someone with a Japanese mother and an Irish father. Who would think of naming a language Seamus Takahashi? Other possible candidates for coolest lang name would be !Kung (etc.) and "the Bzyb dialect of Abkhaz". I quite like Hixkaryana, too. And Guugu Yimidhirr. And Wolof. And Twi. (Note that I'm talking cool names, not just likeable ones like Malayalam.) Anyone have any other nominations? (I'll go through my Ruhlen classification book when I get back to my other flat, to see if there are any more ace names that haven't occurred to me.) As for Conlang names, my votes provisionally go to Tsxaah ([ts^xaa] with harsh voice, iirc; ^ is the coarticulation arc) and Namyuan (because it's pronounced [D@bj@]). --And. p.s. Almost forget about Fe?fe? Bamikele! (Or is it Fe?fe? Bamileke? -- cool either way.)