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PIE conlangs [was: Re: Weekly vocab #2]

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 9, 2002, 20:02
At 5:13 PM +0100 04/09/02, Michael Poxon wrote:
>I liked that book. I occasionally look for it in second-hand bookshops, of >which there are many in Norwich. Shemspreg? Does it mean "Old language"? >Sounds as though it should.
No; _shem_ is from PIE *dhghem- 'land, earth; human being' (this from the AHD of IE Roots; my source for most of the vocabulary). So it's either 'earth language' or 'human language'; a fortunate ambiguity. It started out as a mock-IAL, but it began to take on a life of its own before I stopped working on it. I think I posted some grammatical bits here.
>My ex-tutor, Dr. DuFeu, was mad keen on PIE and >I think would have approved. She always had a hankering to recreate the >whole PIE system!
She would have been disappointed with Shemspreg, then. The grammar is drastically stripped down and shows a decided tilt towards English. There are other IE conlangs which depend in varying degrees on the reconstructions of PIE. I lost track of how many others have tried this. I remember Tom Wier's Degaspregos fondly; I think the name Degaspregos is based on the same root as Shemspreg. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga Man deth swa he byth thonne he mot swa he wile. 'A man does as he is when he can do what he wants.' - Old English Proverb


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