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Re: Diglossia (was Re: New to the List, too)

From:Anthony M. Miles <theophilus88@...>
Date:Sunday, June 18, 2000, 9:46
>From: Boudewijn Rempt <bsarempt@...> >Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> >To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU >Subject: Re: Diglossia (was Re: New to the List, too) >Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2000 22:56:28 +0200 > >On Fri, 16 Jun 2000, Nik Taylor wrote: > > > Speaking of which, has anyone created a conlang with diglossia? > >Not exactly, the actual linguistic situation in Charya is a bit >more complex. Civilized people (i.e. court officials and civil >servants) need to be able to balance five or six languages, and >can drop from one into another whenever the conversation demands. > >There's Denden for general communication, one's own dialect, Classical >Charyan, Archaic Charyan, Old Charyan and the Broyan stage language. >And there might be the need to be able to communicate in several >foreign languages... Or more than one dialect.
I don't know where this falls, since Early Lahabic (EL) and Classical Laabic (CL) are closely related, but the CL-speaking Dhabra of the Island will use the Lahabic forms in formal situations (the CL travel guide phrases will show this, as does the name of the language stage). EL is the language of the 'official' religion and therefore familiar to all in few phrases. The monarch, of course, is fluent in both, as both a political and spiritual head. What confuses this relatively simple scenario is the semantic differentiation between dialects ('hunt', 'fish', and 'meditate' from the root kyeeb-) and the opposite, identical forms in EL and CL, of which there are many. The Phaaleinnalee Gwuunuuondelee (Townspeech), with the court present, is the most heavily infused diglossic population, but their version is riddled with pseudo-EL etymologies of CL, Classical Maradic, Nadanic, and even some naturalized Woeunic terms. The 'monks' of the Birthvale, on the other hand, refuse to speak anything other than EL unless absolutely necessary. well-preserved. The two confusing factors are the ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at