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Aidan Grey wrote:
>
>   As I've been working with Quenya quite a bit lately,
> something I've noticed is that Tolkien often used
> roots that were apparently from English. For example,
> *LIR 'sing, chant' seems to come from lyric.
> *BARAN 'swarthy, brown' < brown
> *YALA 'call' < yell
>    and so on.
>
>  One of the things I've always loved about Tolkien's
> languages was the whole family, how they derived, and
> so on. I love having sister/brother langs, and
> comparing them. Aelya and Cein are right up there as
> favorites, but Tolkien's apparent habit gave me an
> idea...
>
>   Would anyone else be interested in working together
> to create a language family? My idea is that I would
> supply the archaic language's details, and then each
> person could create the sound changes and such that go
> into a sister lang. We could agree on certain features
> in the parent lang, and on a location in a (real or
> imagined) world so that borrowing from nearby cultures
> could take place. It would be very cool to have a
> whole language family!
>
>    Any takers?

This sounds pretty cool, actually. Kind of like a historical-linguistics
relay. You (or anyone else) supply the parent lang, and each participant
comes up with their own unique daughter lang. I'd be game for it, as it
would give me a chance to flex my absorption of Trask.

>   Aidan
>
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