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Re: Slovanik, my new romlang

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 30, 2002, 13:38
 --- Thomas Leigh wrote:

> Dag, Jan! Hoe gaat het?
Uitstekend, dank je!
> > The result are some ideas about a Romance conlang with Slavic > > substratum, > > At first my brain said "...Like Romanian?" ;-) > > But then I realised there was a key difference: Romanian is a Romance > language which has absorbed lots of Slavic loanwords, whereas Slovanik is a > Romance language over a Slavic substrate. The results could be quite > different!
Exactly! It will look very different, more like Polish or Czech.
> Afraid I can't help you there. Are there any, say, medieval Latin sources > which give Latin names for any Slavic tribes? Perhaps you could adapt one of > those.
Not that I'm aware of. I'll have to dig in my books about at bit, I think.
> > Orthography? > > Polish orthography is much more conservative; Old Czech orthography was > quite similar. The modern Czech orthography with the haceks and all, later > adopted by Slovak, Croatian and other languages, was due to the reforms > of... oh, heck, my memory's lousy. Either Jan Hus or Jan Amos Komensky > (known as Comenius in Latin). One of the two, I forget which. In any case, > the "common Slavic" orthography you refer to is a later invention; older > Czech (and presumably other Slavic langs too) orthography was very much like > Polish.
Well, it's merely a matter of taste, I guess. Polish is much closer to me, at least. But Czech, Croat etc. have at least the advantage that they look more "Slavic" to the outsider.
> I have to run off to work now so I don't have time to comment on your Grand > Master PlanT, but keep posting! It's quite interesting so far!
Thank you, I will. Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts