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Re: personal enclitics

From:Fabian <fabian@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 25, 2000, 17:16
> Then Fabian wrote: > > Perhaps you > > reinvenrted the semitic family? > > Yuk! Not a chance under the sun! I can't stand their consonants! I tried > teaching myself Arabic once but didn't get past the pronunciation guide. I > saw the "voiced pharyngeal fricative" and ran screaming! I didn't actually > look at the grammar. I was totally unaware of this. Maybe it influenced > Tolkien?
If ever you change your mind about looking into Semitic grammars, may I recommend Maltese? The only obscure sounds are the glottal stop and the unvoiced velar fricative (something like a Hebrew H), everything else is simple to pronounce. It also has the advantage of not requiring a whole new alphabet. I'm currently in the process of tapping a Maltese dictionary into shoebox (3500 entries and counting). These discussions on interlinears were a real eye opener. -- Fabian Find your enemy's weakest point, and destroy it. But remember who your own worst enemy is.