Piata (was: Re: Invaluable conlang links: new site)
|From:||Daniel Andreasson Vpc-Work <daniel.andreasson@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 17, 2003, 11:24|
Jan van Steenbergen wrote:
> > (And I've started making a grammar for my new conlang, which
> > has a name now: Piata.)
> Cousin language of John Cowan's Piat?
No, it's really not. :) This is an introduction that I wrote
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Piata is a Native American language spoken by the Piata tribe. The Piata live in the
north east of the United States, in northern Michigan at the eastern shore of
Most sources claim that Piata is distantly related to other Algonquian languages,
but not as sister languages. It seems that it is rather descended directly from
Algic, and thus a sister family of the Algonquian language family, but with
only one member. Both Wiyot and Yurok are said to be of the same kind, and thus
it is possible that Piata is indeed a daughter of Algic and a sister to
Algonquian, Wiyot and Yurok. This is likely, even though it is hard to see any
similarities in the vocabulary, for instance, except for borrowings. (Most
borrowings come from the surrounding languages Potawatomi, Ojibwe and
According to this theory, the family tree of the Algic languages would look like below.
+ Plains - Wiyot
This is the classification this grammar will assume to be correct.
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Comments? Does it seem likely?