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Re: Kowei, tonal Indo-European language

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Saturday, January 13, 2001, 6:15
E-Ching Ng wrote:

>I've temporarily posted the description of Kowei (ko is 'human' in my
conlang, wei is Fujian dialect for "language") at . I may not republish, but I would very much like to hear what people think of the way I finally scrambled towards tonogenesis and re-introduction of voiced stops.> What a first-rate job!!! Very interesting. I liked some of your semantic shifts-- e.g. *flat > bed, and at least one case of seldom-seen reversal of meaning-- IIRC *hot > cold (or was it the other way round? I read it quickly and didn't save, though I'll go back and do so, as there are some helpful ideas). I see you ran into a lesser version of the problem that faces me in creating a Proto > tonal language: that _every_ possible combination of initial and final has to be accounted for. Unfortunately, Proto Gwr has CVCVC structure with variable stress, voiced and voiceless finals etc., which makes a lot to account for and is why it hasn't got very far.... Very nicely printed, too; BTW all the type faces came through unscathed. Just a bemused aside from an ex-Harvardian (who may be prejudiced ;-) ): What is it about Linguistics at Yale that fosters the use of multiple type faces? A friend of mine who worked in Austronesian under Dyen used to delight in cramming as many as possible into his papers-- and that in the days of IBM Selectric!!