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Re: Introducing Dmēnna

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Saturday, September 15, 2007, 10:28
>> On Sep 15, 2007, at 12:24 AM, Joseph Fatula wrote: >> >>> Hi, everyone! I'd like to introduce you to Dmēnna, a language I've >>> been working on for a little while now. It's sort of a side project, so >>> it's not as fleshed out as some of my other conlangs, but it has a >>> pretty good vocabulary at this point. >>> >>> Dmēnna is kind of an eclectic language, borrowing from many >>> different languages, including some Semitic ones.
It does appear to have a remotely Semitic flavor. Me likey too.
>Eric Christopherson wrote: >> Is there a connection between the -_agŗy/āgŗy_ in _mōhzyāgŗy_ and >> _kīsanagŗy_? If I read correctly, the former has 2nd plural >> possession, while the latter is 2nd singular -- I had expected them to >> have the same person/number combination, based on their formal >> similarity. > >No, you're reading it right, they're not for the same person/number >combination.
-a(:)g is a part of the root in the latter, but part of a 2PL marker /zja:g/ in the former, right? What I'm wondering is what's the deal with the 2SG suffix? Why does that gets appended to 2PL forms too in addition to the separate 2PL suffix? And I can't seem to figure out the allomorphy rule involved - I spy /r=j/, /wu:j/, /u:j/ and /ro:j/. There are even multiple forms in use even after /zja:g/!!
>I'm particularly interested in what you might think of the >vowel system. Is it too odd?
I'd put a long /a:/ in <yā> also, and a broken */&:/ should be more likely to turn into /Ea/ than /aE/. Or, wait, is it from */ai/? in which case /aE/ is just fine. I am however finding some of the words with syllabic consonants quite tongue-twisting - especially those with coda glides in such syllables! It's hard not to turn, say, /r=j/ to /rI/ or /r_j=/. John Vertical