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Re: Deep Time And Ceaseless Motion: A Challenge

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Sunday, June 3, 2001, 16:09
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Cowan" <cowan@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2001 5:03 PM
Subject: Deep Time And Ceaseless Motion: A Challenge

| Here's a challenge for people who are interested in proto-language
| reconstruction.  Please send your answers directly to me
| ( rather than to the list!
| The following 84 roots (the affixes particular to each language have
| been removed) represent semantically equivalent terms in six descendant
| languages of a hypothetical proto-language.  They are a subset of
| the 100-term Swadesh list.  The representation is SAMPA IPA.
| The estimated time-depth is very long, perhaps 20,000 years.
| There may have been borrowings from other languages!

Hey John, that reminds me of how I created my first vocabulary for Pig (or
whatever I called my own attempt at an IAL).  I took the Lojban database and
picked out the most common or most likely word from the six-language sample.
There were about 1200 words in all.

I can handle 84; I'll get to it soon...

~DaW~  [somebody please throw the President a banana]

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