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Thagojian to split

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Thursday, November 30, 2006, 2:00
Thagojian is going to split.

One branch is going to be a PIE language that grows up among Turkic
neighbors. I'm preparing to start learning more about Altaic, Uralic,
Georgian, Armenian, Arabic, Pashto and Russian (and probably OCS). I
foresee a three-way vowel harmony (front vs round vs open) and a
decently-sized set of consonants. Maybe some consonant harmony, too...

The other branch is going to remain what the original project was: a
PIE language that drifted down into Mesopotamia, up the rivers, and
into the Levant, picking up traces of Sumerian, Akkadian, Aramaic,
Greek, Hebrew, Arabic and Coptic (and plausibly Ancient Egyptian,
Persian, Punic and Latin, too). I'm getting sick and tired of trying
to shoehorn vowel harmony and a decent PIEoid inflectional structure
into something that essentially is swamped by Semitic languages (and
the horrors of Sumerian). I will let nature run its course far less
impeded than I had been.

Both projects are going to require a decent amount of study and
research, which is one my main reasons for indulging in the secret
vice anyway, so yaye. I plan to start by burying myself in my ARTANES
Sumerian tutorial (so far I'm 0 for 2 trying to get past the first
couple of chapters -- wish me luck!), and picking up a copy of _The
Turkic Languages_ from Routlegde. Maybe I can get 'er indoors to
consider getting me a copy for $WINTERHOLIDAY (or %WinterHoliday% if
you're that way inclined).

I will also need a new name for one or both of the projects.


PS: Sorry for any wacky line-wrapping. 'Tis the fault of this webmail


Antonielly Garcia Rodrigues <antonielly@...>
Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>