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Re: "Old Starrish"

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Sunday, February 9, 2003, 2:26
En réponse à Rachel Klippenstein <estel_telcontar@...>:

> Hi out there, > > A couple months ago I heard about this list through > another list I'm on, and thought "wow! there's a whole > list of people out there who are inventing languages > too! I have to join that!" So now I have. >
Welcome then! :)
> > A language (provisionally called "Old Starrish", since > I haven't invented enough of it to know what its > speakers call it)
Funny, I first read it as "Old Starfish" ;))) . But since some people can name a language after a seaslug (Bislama), why not a starfish? ;)) in which the consonants carry all
> the lexical and grammatical meaning, and vowels convey > flavour and expression, somewhat like tone of voice > does in english.
Strange. Looks a bit like a semitic system, but with a serious twist. What kind of "tone of voice" is conveyed by the vowels? Topicness? Evidentiality?
> > Also, each of the 12 vowels in this language was > associated with one of the twelve notes of the musical > scale, so everything said in it automatically had a > tune associated with it, and although it was not sung > in everyday speech, any speaker would be able to > convert a spoken sentence into its sung version. > Poetry was not really separable from composing songs, > since it involved making pieces where the vowels gave > emotional content appropriate to the piece and also > gave a pleasing or fitting melody by their associated > pitches. (I hope that made sense.) >
It does to me :)) . It must be an interesting culture, where different pitches are automatically connected to different feelings. They must have a great deal of personalisation of natural sounds :) . Please share us more about the grammar and the use of vowels! :) Anyway, welcome again! Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.


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