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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 yesterday. - - - - - 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 lake Michigan. 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 Menomini.) According to this theory, the family tree of the Algic languages would look like below. Algic - Algonquian + Central + Eastern + Plains - Wiyot - Yurok - Piata This is the classification this grammar will assume to be correct. - - - - - Comments? Does it seem likely? Daniel Andreasson --