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Re: Conlang puzzles (Was: Re: New monster word in Maggel ;))))

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Friday, August 2, 2002, 21:01
En réponse à "Thomas R. Wier" <trwier@...>:

> > > > [m@'gE:l] It features again the "lengthening g" :)) . And |a| is > reduced to > > [@] like in many unstressed cases. > > Is the "lengthening g" a purely orthographic convention? >
Synchronically yes. It's one of the ways to lengthen vowels (another is adding a |o| *after* the vowel), and the only way lengthened diphtongues are marked. Diachronically things may have been different in the past, although I frankly don't know what diachronic process could have led to such a strange convention (or maybe it was just a pure invention of some scribes to make their texts more ornamented. In the uncial-based alphabet used to write Maggel (which is still used nowadays, the speakers of Maggel seems not to like very much the plain fundamental style :)) ), the |g| is indeed a letter easy to transform into a piece of art :))) . Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.


Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>