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Re Saprutum

From:Keith Alasdair Mylchreest <kam@...>
Date:Thursday, November 16, 2000, 0:32
> From: andrew <hobbit@M...> > Date: Tue Nov 14, 2000 6:27am > Subject: Re: Saprutum
> Am 11/14 00:14 Steg Belsky yscrifef:
>> I seem to remember someone here mentioning a work on Proto-Semitic by the >> same people who have that index of Indo-European roots in the back of >> their English dictionary.
> The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. There is a > link to their online list of semitic roots at > . I haven't looked at the semitic roots, > but the indo-european roots have been a resource for several of us.
Many thanks, this is *very* useful, just to get a table of correspondences between languages for the Semitic consonants has cleared up some problems. (Anyone know how/ why two of the "emphatics" which are supposed to be voiceless by definition (?) ended up voiced in Arabic?). So now I can derive my Saprutum consonants regularly from Protosemitic if I want to, which is not to say that I won't claim "dialect mixture" when I get it wrong, or if all else fails "Iberian influence", assuming that is that Iberian is more or less an unknown quantity (hopefully :-) ). I'm putting more of the grammar on to the webpage as time allows, I have it largely worked out, I just need to write it up in a form other people might be able to understand. Also I appologise for not marking the stressed syllables which makes the whole thing a lot more readable. I'll go over the whole page doing this when it's finished.
> And welcome, Keith, to this mad, noisy list! :)
Many thanks, the level of activity is a bit daunting at first, the level of linguistic knowledge and ability even more so!
> andrew.