Christophe Grandsire bsaidsiem: >>(bsa-Idsiem /feim/ is the past tense of dsiem /ji~:/, meaning 'to >>write'. The derive from 'eba idyme' and 'idyme', respectively.) >> >> >Well, you seem to have an extreme taste in onset reduction ;)))) . > It's the easiest, most sensible way of making it inflexional that I could think of. And anyway, much the same reduction happens in the middle and ends of words. >>But I mean, take a look at 'ida o ilu'.* It becomes 'dsoilu' /v\y/ (if >>that isn't a wasteful orthography, I don't know what is). Now, if we >>add >>rolosofimabelaka to the end, so we have 'ida o ilurolosofimabelaka', >>this would end up becoming something like /De:s`o~:foug/ or >>/Te:Cr\`o~:fouk/, partly because I enjoy metathesis, but mainly >>because >>I've already have too many rules from the creation of words like Jaug, >>iIjaug and Mefe and the pronouns. >> >And also partly because you're as evil as I am ;))) <Mwahahahahaha!!!> . > Oh indeed! But considering how evil I am, where's my sidekick? >>Anyway, a creole means I can have not one, not two, but fourty-five >>thousand, three hundred and sixty-nine different -ough-like things >>floating around my language. >> >> >Well, even without a creole you probably can do it ;) . > Orthographically, yes. But having the same thing evolve different ways? >> (At least. If I get a trapezoidal tuit. > > >>Round tuits just don't cut it any more.) >> >> >What's a tuit? > A bad pun. A round tuit = Around to it. >>Oh? What's so special about Tibetan? >> >> >Basically, Tibetan is what happens when you didn't have any spelling reform in >the last thousand years ;))))) . Tibetan is written with wild-looking consonant >clusters, while its syllable structure is today more like CVC and a tone. And >the shape of the consonant clusters, according to extremely complicated rules, >indicates both the actual pronunciation of the consonants as well as the >tone :) . > It sounds remarkably like Etabnanni is essentially Tibetan done badly. (There you go John, another essentially for you.) (Started out with lots of generally less-weird consonant clusters, but its syllable structure is ... CVC with a tone! The tone is determined by the consonant cluster as well, though the rules aren't especially complex.) >Hehe, maybe Proto-World is! That would be a funny answer to the problem of >language genesis (and who knows, this Proto-World could be one of our >conlangs ;)))))) ). > Maybe Andrew did better than he knew ;) Tristan > > http://movies.yahoo.com.au - Yahoo! Movies - What's on at your local cinema?