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Re: Betreft: Re: Lip-plates

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 14, 2000, 1:07
"Anthony M. Miles" wrote:
> I have the Cambridge Language Surveys' _The languages of Australia_ by Dixon > here with me. The Lardil tribe of Mornington Island speak Lardil, but until > 'recently' also spoke a secret language called Damin. Damin possessed four > nasalized clicks, an ingressive lateral fricative, a glottalized velar stop, > an ejective bilabial stop, a fourth vowel, and used length as a > non-contrastive feature. None of these appear in Lardil. Lardil has nineteen > pronouns and several demonstratives; Damin has a dinstinction between 'ego' > and 'other', lacking even first, second, and third person pronouns. The > grammatical structure, however, is identical to Lardil.
Which is why it is believed that it is an artificial language. There is, in fact, a tradition which says that it was invented. A URL on it: -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson "Glassín wafilái pigasyúv táv pifyániivav nadusakyáavav sussyáiyatantu wawailáv ku suslawayástantu ku usfunufilpyasváditanva wafpatilikániv wafluwáiv suttakíi wakinakatáli tiDikáufli!" - nLáf mÁldu nÍmasun ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor