|From:||Leo Caesius <leo_caesius@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, September 28, 2000, 3:31|
> Fight linguistic extinction... invent a language!
I thought that I'd submit a couple samples of Lingua Franca. I've been
toying with the idea of a conlang based directly on this jargon, called
Here are two varieties of the historical Lingua Franca.
from the Dictionnaire:
combati per perdità di lingua ... councha per lingua!
from La Zingana
cumbatir bel perdità de lingua ... cunciar bel lingua!
A word or two about Lingua Franca.
Unlike its parent languages, it does not distinguish number or gender in
nouns, or number in verbs. There are only three "conjugations" of verbs
(the basic conjugation, the past, and the imperative) although this drops to
two in some dialects (such as that found in La Zingana). Objects of the
verb are marked with the preposition "per."
You'll notice that the two forms of the phrase differ mostly in
orthography. The vocabulary of Lingua Franca was extremely limited and most
people made do with what they had, importing freely from their native
Anyone who would like to read a little more about the historical Lingua
Franca can find information at
Alan Corre has a lovely site at
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