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From:Aidan Grey <frterminus@...>
Date:Monday, July 30, 2001, 16:02
  As I've been working with Quenya quite a bit lately,
something I've noticed is that Tolkien often used
roots that were apparently from English. For example,
*LIR 'sing, chant' seems to come from lyric.
*BARAN 'swarthy, brown' < brown
*YALA 'call' < yell
   and so on.

 One of the things I've always loved about Tolkien's
languages was the whole family, how they derived, and
so on. I love having sister/brother langs, and
comparing them. Aelya and Cein are right up there as
favorites, but Tolkien's apparent habit gave me an

  Would anyone else be interested in working together
to create a language family? My idea is that I would
supply the archaic language's details, and then each
person could create the sound changes and such that go
into a sister lang. We could agree on certain features
in the parent lang, and on a location in a (real or
imagined) world so that borrowing from nearby cultures
could take place. It would be very cool to have a
whole language family!

   Any takers?


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