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Re: Tokana - any connection, I wonder...

From:J Matthew Pearson <pearson@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 23, 2001, 19:49
Tom Pullman wrote:

> Have a look at this... > > artlang or art lang?
Interesting. I wonder if there's any way to get ahold of Claudia Spielmann to ask her how she came to name her "Tokana Story" series. I like them, although they don't seem particularly evocative of the Tokana to me... Incidentally, "tokana" means "alone" in Malagasy, so whenever I type the name of my language into an internet search engine I always get a lot of Malagasy language pages. (This is a complete coincidence, I swear. I made up the name "Tokana" long before I decided to do my dissertation on Malagasy. And anyway, the two words are only orthographically similar: The Tokana pronunciation is /tO'kana/ [stress on the second syllable, with /O/ = mid back lax rounded vowel] while the Malagasy pronunciation is /'tukan(a_0)/ [stress on the first syllable, with /(a_0)/ = an optional voiceless /a/].) Matt.