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Re: The Bitha overview

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, September 30, 1999, 1:39
Larry Schelin wrote:
> Bilabal Dental Alvelor Velar > Ulvular Glottal > Stop b - d k > g - ' (?)
So, {g} is a uvular stop? Why not use {q}? That would free {g} up for /G/.
> Nasal m - - ng
No /n/? That's rather unusual.
> i uu(y) EH(u") u > e > a OO(9) ah(A)
What {EH} exactly? Is it an unrounded /u/? Quite an unusual system.
> vidh present tense > > vith past tense (basic past, can be any time in the past, no specific > moment) > bith (one minute ago) > dith (one hour ago) > ngith (yesterday) > tsith (one week ago) > jith (one month ago) > gith (one year ago)
Hmm, I'd say that it was time-i-tense, that is b = one minute, d = one hour, etc., and -dh = present, -th = past, -sh = future. How do you handle "ten minutes ago"? Is that "dith"?
> Must -uh- > Absolutly have to -ugh-
> II v+(infix)+dh(th, sh, etc...) > Accidentally -ija- > Purposfully -ira- > Repeatly -atsi- > Once -itsa- > Definatly true -edzi- > Probably true -adzi- > Probably false -eshi- > Definatly false -ashi-
Let me see if I've got this straight, "one minute ago, definitely true" would be "bedzith"? Can these be combined? Can you say "once, definitely true"?
> A little bit "trickle" jia- > Some "flow" za- > A lot "gush" tse- > A whole lot "flood" gu-
I don't understand these at all. Please explain.
> (Noun-subject) mi (Verb) (Noun- Indirect object) vidh (Noun- direct > object)
Interesting. "Mi" can, of course, be "ngi", etc. also, yes?
> I see you (pl.) > Ju mi eri vidh vithu.
Would "I don't see y'all" be: Ju ngi eri vidh vithu? Pretty interesting language, over all. -- Oh Lord, grant that we may always be right, for thou knowest we will never change our mind. - Scots Prayer ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor