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Re: First text in sla-stlszfu -- an introduction to an Advena

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 8, 1999, 19:30
On Wed, 8 Dec 1999, Grandsire, C.A. wrote:

> > R< is a uvular ingessive -- a snore, in other words. > > P is a labial trill (a raspberry) > > Can you really pronounce those sounds in words? Well, I guess so, but I > don't know if I ever will :( (However hard I try, I absolutely can't > pronounce any non-pulmonic consonnant in a word, even the ones I manage > to pronounce separately. How do you do that you all?).
To some extent. They're easier at the ends of words than the beginning. There are also clicks in sla-stlszfu -- it just so happened none of them appeared in the translation.
> I like very much the (t)sa "last clause" and nn "next clause" pronouns. > The whole structure is very interesting, with bits of polysynthetism I > like very much. I just don't understand exactly the use of R "Topic" in > this language. Another question: is the order between full words free? > For instance, can I say:
Well, R is just one topic: it indicates the beginning of an indicative utterance. Also, topics can be refered to anywhere in an utterance, not just following or proceding a clause, with a special "topic pronoun".
> psh-qa-xa-nn slt-xa. > > command-I-you-next.clause continue-you > > Instead of "slt-xa psh-qa-xa-tsa"?
Yes, absolutely. This puts the emphasis on the command rather than on the continuing. R px-qa-xa-nn slt-xa = I command that you continue R slt-xa px-qa-xa-tsa = please, continue (although not *quite* that polite)