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Re: Vocalic Language, take two

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Monday, September 20, 1999, 23:34
Paul Bennett wrote:
> I'd guess > that these people are hunter-gatherers, or possibly in some other scena=
rio where
> food is harder to come by that in the modern world?
Maybe, I'm not entirely sure yet. I got the idea of "edible" from Dyirbal, which has a gender (#3) for "non-flesh food", while meat is included in their "other" gender (#4) - actually, that only applies to "Traditional Dyirbal", the "Young People's Dyirbal", the speach of those who are have been exposed to western civilization, have dropped #3 and placed those in #4. Incidentally, gender one is male human and other animate, while gender 2 is female human, birds [they believed that birds were the souls of dead women and girls], danger, fire, fighting. It appears that the "edible" genders in my lang came from a "subgender" of the non-edible ones, compare: me- (non-edible animal) ngime- (edible animal) t=E4- (other - includes plants) ngit=E4 (edible plant) Perhaps ngi is an old word meaning "edible".
> I'm seeing a few mentions of "trial" number around and abouts. Is this=
> feature in many natlangs?
Pretty rare, but it does occur in some Polynesian languages. --=20 "If all Printers were determin'd not to print any thing till they were sure it would offend no body, there would be very little printed" - Benjamin Franklin ICQ #: 18656696 AIM screen-name: NikTailor