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Re: Gray/Grey, conscripts, 'conlang', etc.

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 26, 2000, 13:18
Muke Tever wrote:
> Haw :)
Well, I'd thought that I'd have to do it as two clauses before I figured it out.
> Argh, those are the old word separators (which, ah, don't actually get > separated). -tas is past, -ca is accusative.
Ah, interesting.
> "ðuhancaððy disuiddensy ruktanterellatasty upsallasahai." > > The {ðy}, {ty}, {sy}, etc. were used to mark the end of word units [?] > before spaces were invented. [This all gets unhinged later when the > mennteras start pronouncing them.]
So, those are silent, then? So if you dropped those word separators, am I correct in assuming it would be: ðuhanca disuidden ruktanterellatas upsallasahai? Is there any particular reason, other than tradition, that the word-seperators are kept when spaces are used? Who are the mennteras? -- "Old linguists never die - they just come to voiceless stops." - anonymous ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor