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Re: Tolkien's elfish script (was: Re: demuan identifiers

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Monday, September 6, 1999, 19:43
BP Jonsson wrote:

> >I really don't know - Daniels doesn't provide that kind of information, > >and I haven't got a grammar of Berber. > > It's /Q/ -- i.e. a voiced velar/uvular fricative*. I have an old book > which scolds certain French authors for spelling it "Tifinar"! :-)
The language that I'm studying right in my Native languages of North America class, Atkan Aleut, has this sound all over the place. It's the singular marker both on nouns and on verbs that agree with singular nouns: hlax^ mikakux^ = "the boy is playing" [l_0aQ mikakuQ]
> [*I seem to be the only one on this list who likes Kirshenbaum's Q for > voiced velar fricative. Does this mean I'm the only one who has been > exposed to influence from Persian orthography? :-)]
Well, I think it's just an unusual consonant for most people who use an ASCII IPA system. There just aren't that many people who *need* to indicate such a sound, so it's probably not too surprising that there would be some variation involved... ======================================================= Tom Wier <artabanos@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson ========================================================