Re: Palawa Kani (was: Message from Janko)
|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, September 7, 2003, 23:18|
Isaac Penzev wrote:
> A funny thing Janko mentioned:
> > J. CONLANG BASED AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES:
> > Palawa Kani.
> Actually, it's not a conlang but rather a 'reconlang': a reconstruction ofa
> language that died. But the funnier thing is that this language is taughtand
Iinteresting. One has to wonder how much original vocabulary and grammar
they have to work with.... or are they (gasp)...inventing ...new words?
The word _palawa_ struck me, ASSUMING it means 'language'-- looks and could
sound a lot like old US slang _palaver_ 'talk, discuss; confer etc.', <
Span. palabra. But it could just be coincidental, as I doubt "palaver" ever
made its way into Brit. slang/ S.Pacific pidgin English.