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Re: Dipping my toe in the water

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, January 28, 2002, 8:05
En réponse à daniel andreasson <danielandreasson@...>:

> Christophe wrote: > > > You forgot my Tj'a-ts'a~n :)) . > > That's only because I only have listed > those that can be found at your site. > Tj'a-ts'a~n isn't a language you easily > forget, once you've seen it in writing. ;) >
Well, you should see the full name of the language (Tj'a-ts'a~n is only an abbreviation): new-k'a-se-m-sjem(')-mi-~gi-ni ja-ga-so-roj-dor tj'a-ts'a~n :)) .
> Though pronouncing it is another matter... :) >
In fact it's not that difficult, when you know that 'a stands for á (a-acute) and ~n for ñ (n-tilde). I use 7-bit compliant forms for e-mail, and also because it is aesthetically better, since I also have b-tilde, d-tilde and g- tilde, which cannot be written easily, so I use the conventions ~b, ~d and ~g. For the pronunciation, it's basically IPA, with 'a marking [a] (a is [Q]) and ~n marking [N], s having the pronunciations [s], [z], [S] or [Z] depending on the surrounding, sj always pronounced [S], and tj pronounced [tj] or [tS] (free alternance). The so-called 'nasal' stops like ~g are alien sounds (the people speaking Tj'a-ts'a~n are aliens, and though they look quite a lot like us, despite their blue skin :)) , there are some differences) which can be approximated by us as prenasalised stops with nasal release. So ~g is typically [NgN] :)) . So the pronunciation of the abbreviated name is [tjatsa:N] (note: in this language stress is marked by lengthening the vowel under stress) or [tSatsa:N], while the pronunciation of the full name is: [newkasemSe:m(@)miNgNini jQgQZoro:jdor tjatsa:N] (or ending in [tSatsa:N]). The schwa is optional. As for the meaning of the expression, it's: "the Language of the Sky People" :) . Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.


daniel andreasson <danielandreasson@...>