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Re: A New Language

From:andrew <hobbit@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 20, 2002, 9:43
On 08/19 17:33  Mau Rauszer wrote:
> Hm. And when a second-born marries a second-born what will be the name
of the child?
She is known by her patrinom. There are exceptions, of course. Some matrilineal stumase have a family tradition of adopting matrinoms. Some families have bestowed a parents patrinom on a first born child to emulate the surnamed children. The rules of naming have some leeway.
> > > > me, m 1s meme, mme 1p > > > > te, t 2s tete, tte 2p > > > > to, tte 3s ga 3p > > > > > > > > The meaning of the reduced form tte is generally clear by context. > > > But they are probably suffixes, ain't they? (It's hard to pronounce a sole > > > m or t, at least, for me :) > > You are correct. They are suffixes. > Well. Gave more examples, plz.
Well here is an Apache wedding blessing I translated: Yahda tete ve masshene e mulit, pamaca ol yatte sen cammat sai lyane. Yahda tete ve masshene e telit, pamaca ol yatte sen garumit sai lyane. Yahda votte e ma solenit, pamaca ol yatte sen lengentes sai lyane. Yahda tete ti lyan ta mrat, yahda had ta cachala votte dikintette. Yid ot yahda sai hasosse da hoden ot sai ga tete canante ditte halhada. Pamaca ga tete canant ditte tai sen tung ya manshe sai erde. Quick translation: Now you will feel no rain, for each of you* will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you* will be warmth to the other. Now you are two bodies, but one life there is** before you***. Go now to your dwellingplace to journey all your days together. For your days may be good and long on the earth. *of you: ya, and, with, by; + -tte, you plural **there is: vo, see; + -tte, that; compare with French voila. ***before you: di-, to; kinte, faces; + -tte, you plural
> Well *smiles meaningfully*. But prepare for a long description of the
deepest LW concepts when they're coming to my mind......... >:)
*stoic sigh*
> > > > script hasn't been developed yet. i have some ideas. > > > is it totally dfifferent from anything we know or does it show > > > similarities with a system of our own world? > > i will probably have to go look at different writing systems and decide > > first. i imagine it as a tight cursive script from left to right. some > > parts of the language have their own special letters or shorthand. > Like arabic? It's beautiful but difficult to create. I tried once for the > Meyadhew writing style (it's a big lang with several alphabets called styles) > Ngeleyíon. It has driven me crazy and still ain't finished. But the > temporary result was awesome though not final.
That's one option, although I might also look at an old project to combine Linear B with Japanese punctuation.
> Well, LW glyphs have been cursified too, as an alternative
'hieratic-like' system of the cats.
Hieratic is nice. I prefer demotic though. (Now there's an idea...) - andrew. -- Andrew Smith, Intheologus alias Mungo Foxburr of Loamsdown The tribe need a father who is afraid only of ceasing to love them well. - James K. Baxter


John Cowan <jcowan@...>