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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 > > abd > > > 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 > > click) > > > and their embassador Paqhahwa (h representing a whistle above water, a > > sudden > > > 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. Wesley Parish 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.
> > ~Danny~
-- 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."