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Phaleran Grammar online (in PDF)

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Sunday, February 1, 2004, 23:24
Hello all.

So, I've finally made a PDF file of my most authoritative
Grammar of Phaleran, which is available on my website:


So far, it runs to only 22 pages, and includes only some ethnographic
information and sketches of the phonetics, phonology, and nominal
morphology.  (I apparently had just started on the verbal morphology
when I last worked on it, and it stops in midsentence. Need to fix
that.)  It's positively riddled with misreadings of handwriting,
contradictions, typos, awkward phrases, and ill-conceived opinions.
I apparently only half-completed rejiggering the vowel harmony
system, so the phonetics are particularly screwed up.  But then,
this wouldn't be a true hobby if it weren't screwed up! (See
Wittgenstein on language evolution.)  The Ancients-of-Days among
you may have actually read some of the text originally on this list;
I've left much of that virtually unchanged.  But, especially with
respect to case assignment, much else has changed.

Please, if you see problems, or have questions, I would greatly
appreciate hearing them!

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


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>