Re: OT: Codetalkers
|Date:||Thursday, January 27, 2005, 14:03|
I think I was wrong about the Crow speakers (not sure where I got that idea),
but the last surviving Comanche codetalker, Mr. Charles Chibitty (I hope I
spelled that right), came to a couple of our powwows up here.
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>>>> # 1<salut_vous_autre@...> 01/26/05 10:14 AM >>>
>>>As you probably know, there was also a small group of Comanche
>>>am trying to remember if I read somewhere that a few Crow speakers did
>>>too--anybody heard that?
>>Comanche and Crow?
>>I've never heard they did codes like navaho
>I don't know about Crow, but I am checking in a book right now (I work in
>a University Library) that talks a little about Comanche code talkers:
>"Navajo code-talkers served in the Pacific theatre during World War II, but
>few know about the Comanche code-talkers who served in the European
>theatre. As descendants of the Comanches who once roamed the Panhandle
>and West Texas, the code-talkers relayed information using their language
>as a code that our enemies neither understood nor could learn to understand."
>(_The Indian Texans_, James M. Smallwood, 2004, p. 104 sidebar.)
>[snip Navajo stuff]
>>Does someone here speaks navajo?
>I wish :)))
>>It is probably very intersting to learn for a conlanger...
>That's why I have looked at it as inspiration for emindahken...
>>If the subject and the object can only be indicated on the verb, is it a
>>language that is neither ergative nor accusative?
>Not sure. To my way of thinking, I don't care whether it is
>accusative/ergative/Split-S or something else, as long as it can
>convey meaning without large amounts of ambiguity. :)