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Re: First post & three questions

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Sunday, January 21, 2001, 0:40
En réponse à MGreenlee@AOL.COM:

> This is my first post to this list. My name is Michael Greenlee, and > I've > been working on contructed languages for a few years (I'm fifteen). I've > been > lurking on the list for a while now, and I have a few questions. >
Welcome Michael!
> 1. What semivowels are there other than y and w? >
Well, French has /H/ (rounded front semi-vowel, found in huit /Hit/: eight or nuit /nHi/: night, the semi-vowel equivalent of French <u>: /y/) which is quite stable. I guess all vowels can have either on-glide or off-glide equivalents, but only the highest (or closest, as they are categorized in French) can have really glides stable enough to be used as semi-vowels. I'm no linguist so I may be wrong though.
> 2. Does anyone know of any good sources for information about different > punctuation systems? All that I've been able to find so far is some > scattered > information about old English, Latin, and Greek punctuation. >
Well, my Chasmäöcho has a very strange punctuation. Typically: - comma is used for end of sentences (instead of the point), - | is used to end paragraphs, - : is used for exclamation sentences, both in front of and behind the sentence, - ; is used for questions, in the same fashion as :, - . is used like a hyphen -, often doubled as .., - _ is used instead of ...
> 3. Are there any good books about Proto-Indo-European in general > (structure, > phonology, etc.)? I've found plenty on the Indo-European languages, but > few > on PIE itself. >
If you can read French, I advise you (like did Padraic) the booklet from the collection "Que Sais-je?" intitled "L'Indo-Européen". Like I did with Padraic, I can send you one if you send me the money for it :) . Christophe.