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Re: introduction Middelsprake

From:Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>
Date:Friday, May 23, 2008, 6:37
Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> I, as a Swedish-German speaker with a good > knowledge of English can second that impression! > In the unlikely event I were to do a Germanic > auxlang I'd certainly avoid umlaut altogether, to > ease both typing and speaking for English users, > so I'd basically make it Common West Germanic (in > the historical sense of that expression) without > any length distinction(*), without umlaut and with > simplified (like modern English).
With simplified what? (case?) English has got umlaut (foot-feet) --- in fact, its continental ancestor started the whole thing --- it just doesn't have umlauts or, in most descriptions of most dialects, front vowels, and afaik the dialects which do have front vowels (like Australian, New Zealand, and Scots) never correspond to umlauts. Fwiw, I find Middlesprake largely understandable, but that's only because of the limited German and extensive knowledge of PGmc -> English sound changes I have. It is probably more useful for North & continental West Germanic speakers because they've generally had a longer history of interaction. In my view this means trying to make it useful for English speakers, at the expense of usefulness for other Germanic speakers, a fruitless endeavor. -- Tristan.


Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>