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CONLANG Digest - 2 Mar 2000 to 3 Mar 2000 (#2000-64)

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Saturday, March 4, 2000, 16:45
> From: Matt Pearson <jmpearson@...> > > Your "titular article" appears to specify that the referent is not only > uniquely identifiable, but is in fact unique, a one-of-a-kind entity.
Right. Most of those other cases where a definite article would want use are served by the (unrelated) demonstrative "jab":'that'.
> From: Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> > > > This lang, 'Ptauti' has eight phonemes: p e t a k u sh i > > CCCCVV syllable structure. > > Any restrictions on which consonants can combine? I must say, that for > me, that's a hideous syllable-structure.
From what I know, it seems that consonants can't be repeated in-syllable. (And they don't have to have *all* four consonants...) It's actually not too difficult, IMO. Big clusters: pshkta [pSkda] - head pshashkta ['pZa Skda] - sleep shtpashtpa ['Stba Stba] - health kt+kt+k [kt kt 'k] - pain Small, easy words: pe [me] - first person singular pronoun she+shu ['Ze Zu] - God sha+shta ['Za Zda] - bed If it gets too bad I can always pull the 'nonhuman concultural speakers' card for the shkeshkatai (as they should call themselves...) Rough scan of alphabet from my notebook: (in same order as listed above, p e t a k u sh i) [Spring break! It's spring break!] *Muke!