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At 18:28 20.3.2000 -0800, Barry Garcia wrote:

>Perhaps 'aut' means automatic? Or automaton?

The latter, very likely.  Incidentally I made a future-Swedish conlang
where all Latinate words were turned into Germanic-style monosyllable
roots.  These words became _auti_ and _aut_ respectively.  Actually
_automat_ means 'vendor machine' in Swedish, so _aut_ referred to a
food-chest of sorts, while an automaton would probably have been _autis_,
-is being a slangy suffix denoting persons or things associated with the
root sense.  In Future Swedish it had became a general person-denoting
suffix, e.g. _hnakis_ 'speaker'.


/BP

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