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Re: CHAT: General Question

From:Shreyas Sampat <nsampat@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 28, 2001, 4:30
I normally lurk on this list; the conversation is a little technical for me,
and the assumed level of knowledge is rather more than what I have.  I can
only sit back and be amazed.  (That Hadwan deverbal adjective discussion was
really quite intriguing.)

This discussion aboot conlangers being lefthanded, gay, and bearded, and
this other about L. Gerholz's art gallery, have led me to wonder whether
those conlangers that don't fit into the first three categories (I'm
personally left-handed and in serious consideration of being bearded in the
future) are writers, painters, or artists of some other non-conlanger
stripe.  Are they?

Incintentally, on the subject of music, I'm yet another Värttinä fan.  Wow.
That makes three.

I had also been wondering about the plausibility of a phonemic "rest", a
pause where no sound is produced.  (or at least the volume of utterance
falls sharply)  This popped into my head while I was thinking about my
newest conlanging project, an as-yet-unnamed tonal sort of thing where
absolute pitches are ...the term is lexical, I think... and some inflections
impose changes in nearby pitch, or general shifts up or down for the
duration of the sentence.  I figured, with all this musicality, and three
phonemic vowel lengths, a phonemic rest would be in order as well.
Comments? Help? Please?

Shreyas Sampat


dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>