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" :) .
Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.