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Re: Crazy Ideas Of The Week

From:Paul Bennett <paul.bennett@...>
Date:Monday, October 11, 1999, 17:52
Danny writes:
This weekend, I was cleaning out my brain and found this: 1) An idea for a conlang, which I may never do any work on, so anybody who's up for the challenge, go ahead! I won't sue. The people are Indo-European, specifically Iranian (probably descendants of the Medes). The language has a grammar much like Avestan, but with a lot of Semitic and Kartvelian borrowings, so it can have a pretty hairy grammar, with inflections and affixes making some pretty scary verb forms. A lot of Semitic (Aramaic, Arabic), Persian, maybe Greek and Turkish borrowings. I have no name for the people or the language, but they are situated between Lake Van, Turkey and Lake Urmia, Iran, are about 50/50 Muslim and Assyrian Christian, and write in a variety of scripts (Syriac for the Christians, Roman and/or Arabic for the Muslims -- possibly also Cyrillic if speakers are found in the former USSR). <<<<<< AFMCL: I don't have an atlas handy but based on "Turkey" and "Iran", that sounds a fair bit like the original Wewnet homeland. Recently, I've begun to feel they may move onto the same "lost continent" (North / West Europe, ish, or maybe west a bit from Iberia) as the s[aghyaad_zi (my earlier phono post) and the m"/21aw. The whole epoch is several kya, however, so they're probably not the same people anyway. ************************************************************* This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. This footnote also confirms that this email message has been scanned for the presence of computer viruses. *************************************************************