Re: was Re: Are any of you working on a
|From:||Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>|
|Date:||Friday, May 31, 2002, 11:25|
On Fri, 31 May 2002 11:15, Danny Wier wrote:
> From: "Wesley Parish" <wes.parish@...>
> > Lake sounds interesting. Does it include any clicks, a la dolphin
> > communications? Any speech register difference between in-water speech
> > out-of-water speech?
> Jeez, I haven't really thought about that.... I guess in-water speech would
> involve sign language and making gestural clicks (like we'd tell a horse to
> "giddy-up", or say "tsk-tsk"). The conlang will involve the out-of-water
> speech. But note that the Lake people are like aquatic mammals, where they
> don't have gills or anything like that; they can't breathe underwater, but
> they sure can swim and dive!
> > I myself tried to think around that self-same problem with some names
> > belonging to an amphibious species I was creating in the same world as
> > Tan`ala and 'Erava, the world of Kero Siritse. I suppose I compromised a
> > little with what little I got done - the Qhicing (q represented the
> > side-dental click (what _is_ _it_ _called_, the click from the molars on
> > either side?), with c representing the dental click and x the palatal
> > and their embassador Paqhahwa (h representing a whistle above water, a
> > silence under water.)
> You took those features from the Nguni languages I take it? Anyway, the
> letters q, x and c can't function as clicks in Lake; they're already
> assigned to pulmonic egressive consonants.
I got a copy of the Teach Yourself Xhosa book, minus the tape (bummer,
bummer, and bummer again!!!). It just seemed to make sense - I'd read that
book about communications between dolphins and man, by Dr. John Lillee, and
thought it would be appropriate.
P.S. Anyone know of a good introductory book on any of the Bushman
languages? A Bushman-influenced Bantu language isn't nearly as comprehensive
on clicks as I would like.
Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?"
You ask, "What is the most important thing?"
Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata."
I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."