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Re: Borrowed words from Rumsien

From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 22, 2000, 23:11
>> charos - black abalone >/snip {venarre} list/ >> trutulun - turkey vulture >> pinan - yellow jacket >> potoruque - grown dwelling wasp >> tomenxe - wolf >> puchuche - wood-pecker > >Beyoooootiful, *ahhhhhhh*, well except _trutulun_, I've never cared much >for initial [tr]. Pity Rumsien is extinct. Are there any related >languages that are still kickin'? > >
Thanks! Rumsien is a dialect of Costanoan, or Ohlone. I've heard it is extinct. Which doesnt surprise me because most of the coastal indians were wiped out, due to harsh treatment by the Spaniards, disease, mixing in with settlers, etc. (apparently, the rumsien tribe has maybe a handful of descendants who claim ancestry). It *is* a Penutian language, but i dont think that would help any (like trying to recreate an extinct English by looking at say.....Old German) I think one of the things I like about Rumsien is that consonant clusters aren't as common as it seems in other NA languages. I think it's more pleasant sounding than say....Lakhota.