[Choctaw -- I forgot to add a subject last time]
|From:||Danny Wier <dawier@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, June 4, 2000, 1:06|
>From: Marcus Smith <smithma@...>
>Where did you find this? Is it on the web anywhere?
> >Ha! I found a sample of Choctaw text.: the first few paragraphs of one
> >the Oklahoma Choctaw Constitutions, what year I can't say.
>I've looked at the English versions from 1983 and 1979, and neither of them
>seem to match this Choctaw text.
It's on the web as a facsimile of a printed document, a .gif I think... but
I lost it! I'll have to send you the file.
It's not a "certified" copy because it has a lot of typos (the v-vowel is
italicized, but so are adjacent l's, and c appears where v should in a
couple places, etc.
I'll send you the picture file immediately after this post.
> I changed the
> >underlined vowels to vowels with tildes (since Latin-1 lacks i-tilde, I
> >rendered nasal i as i~)
>It must be a pretty recent rendition to have underlined nasals. But it has
>other features I find rather bizarre, such as _aivlhpiesa_: the sequence
>would be phonetically [ii:] (short i followed by long i). Hard to see that
>a real pronunciation.
Are you sure you're not thinking in Chickasaw vowel phonology? The data on
Choctaw I got has /e/ and /i/ listed in given pronunciation, and this came
from a list of common words/phrases on Choctaw Nation pages. There are
sound files somewhere.
It's just not as easy to find a lot of data on a language spoken by
thousands instead of millions...
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