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Re: First Post and Proto-Conlang rough sketch

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Thursday, March 15, 2007, 1:49
On Mar 14, 2007, at 8:04 AM, Joseph Fatula wrote:

> Jason Monti wrote: >>> I suppose it all depends on two things: how much like PIE you >>> want it to >>> be, and how much work you want to put in on the background. If I >>> were >>> making "a creole from the ancient past" that had changed "giving >>> rise to >>> this e/o/0 gradation", I would just make the creole, then put it >>> through >>> sound changes to get the gradation. It'll look a lot more realistic >>> that way! >>> >> >> The problem is that while I know more about historical linguistics >> than your >> average layman, I'm by no means a linguist. I would have NO clue >> how to give >> rise to such a gradiation system as precise as the one I have here >> from an >> almost completely isolating creole (of the ancient past ;-) ). >> > ----- Here's one way you could make a gradation system through > historical sound change. It's not your language, as I don't know > much of it, but it might give you some ideas as to how to do this > with your own. Let's start with some vocabulary for the proto- > language.
[snip] It might also be helpful to check out _The Unfolding of Language_, which talks about a hypothetical way the Semitic verb could have gotten its vowel alternation.