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Re: An ancient conlang rediscovered

From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Sunday, November 30, 2003, 7:37
--- Clint Jackson BAKER <litrex2@...> wrote:
> And then the Zinuvians grew up and became Ancient > Romans. Very cute, very clever hiding of cognates. > > Peace > Clint >
Actually the story is slightly more twisted than I let on. Since Zinuvian has been a dead language for more than 14 million years nobody has a clue how it might have been pronounced. What's worse is that the original alien texts were pictographic and so it fell to the early scholars of the language to coin "names" for each pictogram as they idfentified its meaning. Thus the names of the glyphs, which have, for all practial purposes, come to be "standins" for the actual Zinuvian words, tend to have their origins in various earth languages. Clearly these "names" are not at all realated to how the Zinuvian pictograms might have actually been pronounced by that ancient alien civilization. --gary