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Semitic/semetic (Was Re: New to the List and New Languages)

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 26, 2002, 20:37
Peter Clark writes:
 > Quoting Joseph Fatula <fatula3@...>:
 > > Thanyar - Most words in Thanyar consist of two or three consonants, and in
 > > the case of nouns and adjectives, a root vowel.  Vowel alteration and
 > > reduplication make up the bulk of the grammatical changes.  There are 4
 > > basic vowels, 3 of which can hold a raising or falling tone, or be unvoiced
 > > at the beginning of a word.
 >     So it's like a Semetic language with a consonantal root system, except with
 > tone. :)
Semitic, not Semetic.  Sorry if that was just a typo, Peter, but I
keep seeing it spelled this way, and I'm not sure why.  Semetic isn't
in any dictionary I can find, but Google finds ~8260 matches; a lot
less than the correct spelling at ~287000, but surely more than you'd
expect for a randomly selected spelling error.


Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>