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Re: The Grand Master Plan for Germanech, version 1.0

From:Padraic Brown <agricola@...>
Date:Friday, November 9, 2001, 1:59
On Wed, 7 Nov 2001, Christophe Grandsire wrote:

> En réponse à Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>: > > > I decided to develop Montreiano this way as well. Also, s before stops > > went to /S/, so: star - to be, is pronounced /Star/, and spaziu - space > > is /Spaziu/ > > Narbonósc doesn't have epitenthetic vowels either. But s before stops > stays /s/.
The British Romance languages all show regular epenthetic vowel development. Standard Brithenig and its relatives have [i], regularly spelt y- (sometimes i- in Paesan); while Kerno and it's relatives have [i] and [E], spelt variously y-, i-, or e-. The s remains [s] in Brithenig and Paesan: yscrifer/iscrifer; and usually remains in Kerno as well, though sometimes it becomes [h]. You tend to find that forms in /isk-/ are emphatic, while /E:k-/ are not. "Iscriffo me n' desis di phagen deck", il maystoers; mays n' gouels rhen me yen desis. Schoolmaster said to me: "You'll write me a ten page paper"; but I didn't want to write no paper. Hm. There's rather some nice grammar in there, so I'll give the interlinear. iscriffo, future imperative of yscriver; -fs- group assimmilates to -ff- me, 1st person dative pron. n' desis, indef. article reduced form plus noun (la tesis) di, partitive preposition "of" phagen, obl. pl. noun (la payna) deck, num. il maystoers, def. art. plus nominative noun, past simple vb. (yes, reduplicative) plus dat. pers. pron. mays, conjunction "but" n', empty preverb introduces a negative verb gouels, past simple vb.; like dexer, gouoler is an -s class perfect rhen, negative particle (neutral nuance) me, nom. pers. pron. emphatic form, infinitive plus object pronoun yen desis, indef. art. full form plus noun; "yen" kind of does the work of "yon" or "no" in English. And finally, /iskr'ifomij jn 'desis di 'faG@n dZek @l 'mejstWr@s d@'Zex@smi majs n@ 'wejs hrEn mi Ekri'veRl@ jan 'desis/ if anyone cares to try their tongues!
> So stêre /stEr/: to be. Also, it deletes lots of initial unaccented > vowels in front of s+stop combinations, thus the demonstratives stecí, stelí > and stelá (from (I)STE HIC, (IL)LI(C) and (IL)LA(C)).
In Brithenig and Paesan: ystar / istar In Kerno et al: istar Padraic.
> Christophe.