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Lemosi WAS Re: Weekly Vocab #2

From:Kala Tunu <kalatunu@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 24, 2002, 10:15
i have an old paper "grammaire limousine" but i can't find any on the net.
of course, when i'm old enough, i will learn more and webify material. but
for now i'm not interested.

try and google "grammaire limousine", there are interesting links and
bibliography. especially one page written in lemosi with french orthography:
it could help you understand how the language sounds because the original
lemosi orthography is not easier than the french or english ones. for
instance [u] is written <o> (like in swedish) and [o] is <ò> but there are
plenty of diphtongs with various pronunciations (ou, uo, ue, eu, etc.). <o>
is also pronounced [o] when followed by a consonant but [u] when followed by
two consonnants: "totjorn" is pronounced like french "toujours". the
feminine suffix -a is pronounced [O] but -ar, as, at, atz, etc. are
pronounced [a] with many exceptions. in infinitive suffixes -ir, ar, -er the
final -r is mute. plural -s and final consonants are not pronounced half the
time according to rules that i never quite understood. this orthography
"froze" in the late 14th century, way before modern "oïl" french and has
been kept unchanged since. there are many dialects. for instance "ox" is
written "buòu" but locally pronounced [bwej] or [bjow] and <ch> is
pronounced [ts] or [tS] or [s] and final -ch is pronounced [k] and actually
usually not pronounced except in "puech" [pö] "the well" and other words,
<s> may be pronounced [S] and stuff like that. i guess english is worse, but
it's harder to find people speaking lemosi and learn from them.

Wesley Parish <wes.parish@p...> wrote:
                Lemosi? Any text-books. grammars,
                dictionaries on it? Romance languages
                a big interest of mine, if only
                because I've got so many - relatively
                speakling - under my belt so far -
                French to a limited degree, Latin,
                Spanish, Portuguese, and a little bit
                of Catalan. Old French, Italian.
                Romanian and the Italic ones such as
                Oscan and Umbrian are sort of floating
                around, and I _want_ _to_ _learn_
                Provencal/Occitan.- the language of
                the troubadours.

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