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.
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)
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