Further language development Q's
|From:||Carsten Becker <naranoieati@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 15, 2004, 17:33|
I still don't get the hang of developing Ayeri into (a)
daughter language(s), but if I should ever do this, there
are two things that I'm wondering about:
1) How can I get from  to /R/, i.e. [X, R]?  is
alveolar, and /R/ uvular, so at the opposite end of
the mouth. Are there any steps in between that justify
this change? OTOH, I've heard dialects that use 
instead of [R]. I've learnt that it's always dialects
that develop into another daughter languages.
2) Ayeri is a trigger language, that means fluid-S AFAIK.
The topic of a sentence can be any argument of a verb.
So is it possible, that one daugher language can
develop an nom/acc system and another one an abs/erg
system? I haven't found a tendency in Ayeri to one
of both ends yet, though. But I think because at least
the one standard version I have until now has no real
passive construction, it would tend to be accusative,
although there is a causative that makes some kind of
passive constructions possible: manáo -> manaisa
(to invent, v. -> invented, adj.)
3) OFF-TOPIC as for the topic of this thread, but ON-TOPIC
as for languages: What does "deictic" mean? I haven't
found it in my dictionary.
NB: I have started reading _Describing Morphosyntax_, and I
have immediately discovered some interesting things
that still have to be done.
It will take a while until I start the back-translation
of the Ayeri grammar into English.
Eri silveváng aibannama padangin.
Nivaie evaenain eri ming silvoieváng caparei.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince