Re: amman iar greeting [was: Re: Hello...]
|From:||David Stokes <dstokes@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 12, 2000, 17:30|
The Gray Wizard wrote:
>>cuennaen govamme, elivas an derrin erdulmiraen i horndirron, i veldonan!
>>Greetings, welcome to the list, David
> \t i veldonan
> \m i meldon =an
> \g the beloved =masc
> \p det n =gnd
> \x the David
> David = beloved = meldon
> In formal speech, formulaic greetings and when speaking about someone, the
> definite article 'i' must be used. The definite article causes lenition of
> the initial consonant of the associated noun (i meldonan > i veldonan).
> This is because the definite article in the protolanguage was the prefix
> 'ir-' and 'r' causes lenition of some following consonants. In amman iar,
> the definite article has become a separate particle and reduced to 'i'
> (except before a noun with an initial vowel), but the morphophonetic
> accommodation remained. Additionally, names are always inflected for gender
> allowing the stems to be used for either sex, e.g. i veldonan (masc) / i
> veldoniel (fem).
> David E. Bell
> The Gray Wizard
I love what you did with my name. But then, I guess you've had some time
to work on that particular name, haven't you.
I'm no longer professionally active (paths not followed, etc...) but I
keep up with the news and I try to get out and observe now and then.
There was a 5th mag. comet over the summer that looked quite nice in
binoculars. I found your astronomy page about a week ago while looking
at your language page. I'm going to have to get something like your news
ticker, that's nifty. By the way, on my site,
http://www.bloomington.in.us/~dstokes on the photography page I have
some photos I took of Hale-Bopp.