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Re: Mau's conlang, was Re: Men vs Women on Conlang

From:Terrence Donnelly <teresh_2000@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 18:20
--- Balazs Sudar <conlang@...> wrote:
> Terrence Donnelly <teresh_2000@...> > 2002.12.10. 08:20:23 -8h-kor írta: > > > Mau, do you have a website? I'm a student of > Ancient > > Egyptian and have toyed for a while with creating > a > > "Restored Egyptian" - not an attempt to really > > determine how Ancient Egyptian sounded, but to > make an > > easily-speakable version that would be consistent > with > > existing hierogpyhic texts. > >
> WOW! That's great! I really wonder if still anyone > speaks the language of Ancient Egypt! Or only the > language of the Kopts is still known. Any answer? If > you try this language modernization, please inform > me! I would be interested! (I love Ancient Egypt :) >
Well, it wouldn't really be a modernization, just an attempt to make something that could be spoken and would sound nice, and that wouldn't be inconsistent with existing ancient Egyptian texts. It wouldn't even be a written language, nor would I try to fit its grammatical description into the traditional framework used for Ancient Egyptian now. I would try to make clearer some of the similarities (or differences!) in grammatical forms that are obscured by the lack of vowelling in hieroglyphic transcription. For example, in current transcription, we have {nTr} for "god" and {nTrt} for "goddess". In RE, these might simply be presented as "nacha", the "r" being silent, and "nachra" ,with a different vowelling pattern and the final feminine "t" consistently dropped. On the other hand, the "t" might re-appear when used genitivally: "nachrat pir" the house of the goddess, which would simply be {nTrt pr} in transcription. Or, the strong verb conjugation shows very little variation in writing between the various forms (eg. sDm "to hear" can be indicative, infinitive, explicatory or even the present active masculine participle), but might have completely different vowelling patterns. -- Terry Donnelly
> Balazs > > -- > I lúme vin deí asi mosted! > May Heaven give you its grace! > > Balazs Sudar <conlang@...>
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