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Re: Paleoasiatic (was: Favourite Language Group?)

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Sunday, September 8, 2002, 2:21
Quoting Tim May <butsuri@...>:

> Tim May writes: > > |Numerals > > | > > |Nivkh has specific sets of numerals for the enumeration of various > > |categories of objects - boats, people, animals, fishing-nets, small > > |round obj.cts, etc. Panfilov (1962) lists 26 such sets. For example, > > |`three' with reference to people is _t'aqr_; to animals, _t'3m_; to > > |sweep-nets, _t'for_; etc. It is noteworthy that the palatalised t' > > |remains stable as initial in all variants, an the same stability > > |applies in other numbers. Thus, _n'_ is the initial for the 26 > > |variants of _n'im_ 1, and m is the initial for all variants of _mim_ 2. > > Incidentally, those 's should be prime marks, signifying > palatalization, rather than single quotes or apostrophes, which > signify aspiration.
For me, apostrophes or single quotation marks always mark glottalization, inasmuch as that is the convention used in the IPA itself, and I find the various ASCII-fication schemes to be confusing and misleading on this point if one's background is in linguistics. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


Tim May <butsuri@...>