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Re: Thalassan possessive and object suffixes

From:Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>
Date:Thursday, February 16, 2006, 21:50
--- In, Rob Haden <magwich78@...> wrote:

> _mijai kapha_ 'my head' (inalienable) > _sjai kapha_ 'his head' (" ") > _qaunai kapha_ 'the dog's head' (" ") > > _vikhamis_ 'my house' (alienable) > _mijas vikha_ '*my* house' (emphatic alienable) > _saris vikha_ 'the woman's house' (alienable)
> Hanrun qaununqin vit'an. Hanar t'ukhassjan. > see.ACTIND.1sg.
> "I saw a man and a dog. The man was walking [lit. 'leading'] it."
Wait, wait, wait. From what I've picked up, this language is supposed to be pre-IE European. While I'm inclined to believe this as far as the grammar goes, the vocab has IE in bright flashy letters written on it. Compare: 1st sg: Th mim, Latin me 2nd sg: Th thim, Latin te 3rd sg: Th sjam, Latin se dog: Th qaunun, Latin canem, Greek kunon see: Th vit'-, Latin vide- lead: Th t'ukh-, Latin duc- head: Th kapha, Latin caput, Greek kephalon In fact, the words with obvious Latinate roots appear to outnumber the original ones. I strongly suggest you go through the effort of making up a set of basic non-IE roots for your lostlang family if you want it to have any verisimilitude. -- Christian Thalmann