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Re: Xhosa?

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Thursday, September 27, 2001, 1:56
On Wed, 26 Sep 2001 09:29:09 -0500, Paul Roser <pkroser@...> wrote:

>Then it has a much smaller inventory than I had imagined, though >I gather that /j/ might alter articulation of a preceding /k s k' s'/ >to something like [c S s' S'] ? Am I correct in recalling that the >Neyasai name for their language was something like <Xa$qin?ai> or was >that a different language?
I seem to recall the name of the language was something like that, but I can't remember what document that might have been in. I found a bunch of references to "Neyasai", but most of those probably don't have anything to do with the language, and it'll take a while to sift through them. I might have left out a couple of phonemes; I had to reconstruct this list from a couple of different sources. Actually, the Neyasai language is practically undocumented, and it probably isn't worth salvaging what little there is of it. My notebooks are full of language ideas that never got anywhere, and since I know more about languages now, I'm sure they'd come out better the second time. Of course, in the *other* world, it's a real language spoken by millions of small furry people, but hardly anything is known of it in this world at this point.
>What does <r> in Qii<r>a T<r>iicha represent?
It's either one of three things: 1. An allophone of /l/ 2. From a version of the name in some other language, or 3. A mistake. :-) Actually, in the document I got this from (a list of phoneme inventories of Mizarian languages), /l/ is listed as "l/r". Qiira Triicha is another one of those languages that was still in a very preliminary idea stage and never got very far. -- languages of Azir------> ---<>--- hmiller (Herman Miller) "If all Printers were determin'd not to print any email password: thing till they were sure it would offend no body, \ "Subject: teamouse" / there would be very little printed." -Ben Franklin


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