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Re: CHAT: Hello

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 2, 2001, 6:43
Irina Rempt wrote:
> I did take some "wrong" words and concepts out right at the > beginning, and the scratched-out places are still visibly there.
That's occasionally true with me, but not very often, but there are things that get too engrained to remove or change. Like, I've come to hate the gender 6 prefix ua-/uaf-, but the gender system is too "balanced" to remove it, and it would feel wrong to arbitrarily change it to something else (I did try, but everything sounded "artificial"). However, there are some things that I've forgotten the rationale behind, like the days of the Kassí week, Fire, Water, Air, Flesh, Life, Love. They were "elements" of a kind, but I can't remember the reasoning, especially on the last two. Maybe they don't either. :-) Speaking of the week, there's no "first day of the week". Which day is considered the first of the week is specific to the month, and is the day that the first of the month begins, thus, if the first day of the month is Fire, then Fire is the first day of the week for that month. If it's a Water month, then Water is the first day of the week.
> If it doesn't fit, I can't make it fit by decree.
I agree. Both the language and the culture I can try to put something in, and sometimes it fits, but other times it doesn't, and has to be abandoned.
> If I cook something, it's all up to me > what I put in it, but if I put things in that don't go together it > won't taste right.
I like this metaphor. -- Cenedl heb iaith, cenedl heb galon A nation without a language is a nation without a heart - Welsh proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42


Irina Rempt <ira@...>