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
hlax^ mikakux^ = "the boy is playing"
> [*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@...>
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