Isaac Penzev wrote: > > A funny thing Janko mentioned: > > J. CONLANG BASED AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES: > > Palawa Kani. > > Actually, it's not a conlang but rather a 'reconlang': a reconstruction of a > language that died. But the funnier thing is that this language is taught and > spoken by a small but distinctive and growing community! > > Read about it here: > http://www.fatsil.org/LOTM/dec99.htm > http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/printpage/0,5942,6728620,00.html > http://www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/deepend/stories/s899296.htm > Iinteresting. One has to wonder how much original vocabulary and grammar they have to work with.... or are they (gasp)...inventing ...new words? The word _palawa_ struck me, ASSUMING it means 'language'-- looks and could sound a lot like old US slang _palaver_ 'talk, discuss; confer etc.', < Span. palabra. But it could just be coincidental, as I doubt "palaver" ever made its way into Brit. slang/ S.Pacific pidgin English.