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CHAT: Khmer (was: Re: Romanization of Reduced Vowels)

From:Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 9, 1998, 6:42
Mathias M. Lassailly wrote:

>I'm very happy that you learn Khmer : that's so rare but so >rewarding because Khmer people LOVE it when barangs have a try.
Actually, I'm in the process of doing some major reshuffling of my conlang Lumanesian. I'm reverting to the older name Boreanesian to reflect this. I'm redoing the entire vocab to fit my new understanding of Boreanesian root structure - a structure that resembles Mon-Khmer (i.e., a major syllable preceded a number of minor syllables). I love that rythmic pattern that Khmer words have. Its almost unavoidable that I try my hand at Khmer.
>You must go there. I go back there in January for my brother's >wedding : I can't wait visiting my future Franco-Khmer nephews >and nieces :-)
I have always wanted to see Angkor Wat, but fear that the situation in Kampuchea is a wee bit rocky - at least that's what I hear in the news. Of course, one thing is what you hear in the news and another is what's actually happening. I know that from my childhood experiences in the Philippines. At the time, my Danish relatives in Denmark always heard the worst and expected that my family was in the middle of some violent revolution. So I suppose it can't be that bad if you're really going back there this January. It seems I'm not the only one in CONLANG-L with relatives in good'ol Southeast Asia. 8-) I miss those breakfasts with green mangoe juice, guavas, guyabanos, papaya with lime, and a whole bunch of other tropical fruits you can't get here in Europe. <sigh>
>Do you want me to buy books for you there ? I could send them to
you when I'm back. They're pretty boring but very cheap there.
Thanks!! But I couldn't possibly impose, could I? Regards, -Kristian- 8-)