> From:    Nik Taylor <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: R:      Re: R:      Re: New to the list
> Do you use the <v/u> distinction?  It's interesting that <j> is often
> not used in schools, but <u> is.

My "Teach Yourself Latin" says that 'up to a century ago J was used for
consonantal I, but this has now been universally abandoned.'

I wonder why they never seem to fix v/u... it might save on wishywashy rules
like (sometimes v is used, sometimes u is used) when the _actual_ letter
never changed...

> From:    daniel andreasson <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Nakiltipkaspimak
> Marcus:
> > Daniel Andreasson wrote:
> > >Hmm. Just a thought on the expression "Good for you". We have a
> > >similar expression in Swedish which is "Kul för dig". But the
> > >meaning is something like "Good for you. Myself, I couldn't care
> > >less." But, apparently in America, it's actually a positive and
> > >appreciating comment. It's hard to get used to that.
> > It can also be ambivalent in English, and it is quite often sarcastic.
> > But that isn't the way I meant it.
> I know you didn't. It's just that here in Sweden (or at least among
> my friends) you actually have to stress that you're _not_ being ironic
> or sarcastic. The basic assumption being that you are.

"Good for him" ("..her", etc.) are like that in English AFAICT.  "Good for
you" needs qualification either way (usually by tone, which is of course
invisible to email...).

> From:    daniel andreasson <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?______Re:_t=E2ruven_vowels_and_diphthongs?=
> I got my soundcard working. For some strange reason I can listen
> to cd:s, mp3:s and ra-files, but not au and wav-files. Though I think
> I can now. ... No I can't. It says:
> "Cannot play back the audio stream: no audio hardware is available,
> or the hardware is not responding."
> which is weird, since I obviously can listen to other kinds of
> soundfiles. Any suggestions what to do?

Usually (on my computer) that error message means the computer already
thinks it's playing a sound (regardless of whether or not you're actually
hearing anything; if a music player crashes it sometimes for get to "hang
up" as it were so the next program can use the line)... When it happens to
me I have to reboot.  *shrug*

> From:    Yoon Ha Lee <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: conlang website
> Magic exists in my conculture but is generally regarded in an animistic
> sort of fashion.

There's magic in my conculture too, but I haven't worked out the metaphysics
of it yet.  I know there ought to be several very different systems, all
based on a set of as-yet-undiscovered basics...

And I'm finding a need for a maglang in it...  I'm debating whether to
invent it _a priori_ or to use an existing language (Greek?) or artificial
dialect thereof...

I know I've seen at least one or two maglangs on here in the past... why
don't I hear about any anymore?  I'd like to hear what yall have thought of!